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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:
- 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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "diplomatic courier" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "high court" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Mary Benson." <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Mary Benson." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:50:42 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attn: greeting to you,
Attn: greeting to you,
to acknowledge you that your email id is found among those that have
been scammed, and the competitions have been approved from the supreme
high court here in benin and we are asked to contact you by the benin
president on how to send you the $5billion united state dollars by the
diplomatic courier and the fund as been cash in dollars here in benin
bank. so you are advice to contact the lawyer in charges of this fund
and his name is barrister Robert kojo and make sure you contact him with
your full contact information such as.
for more information on
how to make the money send to you because many people complain about
scamming every day from benin and we are trying to stop this fraudulent
from benin and am sure you that it will stop because we are now working
internet operation such as yahoomail.and also the united state fbi and
benin police with benin efcc so the scam can be eradicated in this
country and i want you to follow your fund office in charges ,
as soon as you contact barrister robert kojo with your full contact
information requested, he will be forward everything to the benin
presidency office to issue out your award certificate as the rightful
name: barrister robert kojo
number 00229 68477889
bank to bank is $590
dhl courier service consignment boxes $268
tnt deliver system atm visa card 489
him in regarding of the fund to be deliver to you by the diplomatic
courier service and also any beneficiary we be responsible for shipping
fees so as to avoid any scam and the fees is just only $268 bank to bank
is only $590 so chose one and okay contact barrister Robert kojo and
you will receive your fund from the high court because as
soon as you contact the lawyer in charges of your fund he will alert
the united state bureau and also your state police for the fund to be
deliver to you without any restriction and problem when the fund get to
you in your location area.
mrs Sharris William