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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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 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:
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:32:39 -0200 (BRST)
Subject: Dear Value Customer Contact Dhl (email@example.com)
Dhl Benin Head Office
70 International Airport Road
Customers Service Hours--Monday to Saturday: Office Hours Monday to Sunday:
Complement of the season? This is DHL courier Delivery Company of Benin, the management of this company, wishes to inform you that, we received a parcel containing an ATM Master Card valued $2.5million USD with some vital documents attached on it, for safety delivery to your residential address in your country. This parcel was brought to us this morning by the IMF Departmental office In Benin, with the below information?s, please reconfirm the below information, to avoid delivery your ATM Master Card to wrong hand.
Parcel owner address......
We will register your package and send you the tracking numbers before we proceed for safety delivery of your package as soon as you reconfirm the required information?s for safety delivery.
DHL is one of the world's great success stories, the start-up that revolutionized the delivery of packages and information. In the past 30 years, we've grown up and grown into a diverse family of companies as DHL that's bigger, stronger, better than ever.
Waiting to receive your e-mail, please reply to this email ID (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. Andrew Leek
Dispatch Manager DHL Courier
for the Cotonuo branch manager
DHL express services Cotonuo -Benin.