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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:
- "the 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)
- "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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo, New Zealand; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Capt.Jennyson Walter" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:19:08 -0430 (VET)
Subject: YOU HAVE ONE UN-READ MESSAGE
Good Day !!
I am Cpt. Jennyson Sicart Walter, an officer in the U.S Army. I served in Iraq
for over 7 years before I was deployed to Afghanistan. During my service in
Iraq, I was able to secure $46Million as my share. This is part of the cash we
discovered in Baghdad which was undeclared at that time. You can find the
history on the BBC and CNN Link below:
I had to arrange the cash in a military box and moved to a secure location in
Europe. I have also made arrangement on how to move this box to you if you can
confide in me.
I want to hand over this funds to a trust Worthy Person that can help me keep it
safe until I return back from service so that both of us can establish joint
investment or business. can you be trusted? kindly send me your name,address and
cell phone # for easy communication. Pls reply me through my private email :
WE CAN MOVE THE CONSIGNMENT TO PARIS FRANCE OR MONTREAL CANADA,DEPENDS ON WHERE
YOU PREFER BECAUSE MY PA HAS STRONG BANK CONTACT'S OVER THERE WHERE YOU WILL
OPEN AN ACCOUNT ON YOUR NAME AND DEPOSIT THE FUNDS AFTER CLAIMING FROM THE AGENT
WHO SHALL DELIVER IT TO YOU.
Please kindly keep this transaction Confidential because I am still serving in
the Military camp here in Afghanistan.
Cpt.Jennyson Sicart Walter
US Rescue Team,Afghanistan
PLEASE REPLY THROUGH THE BELLOW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR SECURITY REASON'S.