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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "consignment " (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "million pounds" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Atm Center <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Atm Center <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:46:52 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATM Card Number 4278763100030014
Â This is to officially inform you that ATM Card Number 4278763100030014 has been accredited with your favor.Your Personal Identification Number is 1789 & Your International Consignment delivery number is (x0022704) The ATM Card Values is 3.8 Million pounds."Note" You are advice to contact our affiliate THE SECRETARY,HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, with the information below as soon as possible via Contact DR. PAUL WILSON Email:(firstname.lastname@example.org) Complete the information below:
Fill The Form Below:
1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Mobile Number:
4. Fax Number: -
6.Office Phone. Â
7. Sex: Male
9. Reply to Email: email@example.com
11. Marital Status:
12. E-mail id:
13. Bank Name:
14. Account Number:
15. Account Holders Name:
16. Bank Branch:
THE HOUSE OF SENATE demands that u pay the fee before the ATM card is sent to you,please make haste so you canÂ get your ATM delivered to you as soon
as possible.Good reception & Best Regards
DR. PAUL WILSON , PHONE;+229-68-34-72-65