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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Netcourrier; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Angelina Johnson" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Angelina Johnson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:55:23 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Respected Beneficiary.
Â Respected Beneficiary. Â
I wish to inform you that I have deposited your UNITED NATIONS compensation ATM MASTER CARD of US$1.2M United states dollars to the UPS Delivery services in Benin Republic, due to I have waited enough to hear from you so that your funds can be transferred through Bank to bank transfer to your account,but because of your late response I now decide to deposit the ATM DEBIT CARD with the UPS Express delivery services company.
I have paid them their delivery charges/Vat of $314 on your behalf and the only fee you will pay is their security safe keeping fee of $150. I will be traveling for a MINISTERIAL UN MEETING and will be back after two months,therefore I will advise you to contact the shipment officer through his contact information listed below to avoid them increasing their security safe keeping fee.
Note that I packaged the ATM DEBIT CARD inside magazine as a gift where nobody will notice the content,unless you delayed to send their security safe keeping fee.
Below is the shipment officer contact information including his email address with your parcel reference number, note that without you indicating your parcel reference number as listed below, the delivery company will not listen to you, they will be imagining if you want to steal another persons parcel.
Attention: Rev.Maxwell DukeShipment Officer,UPS Express Delivery Services Benin RepublicE-mail:(email@example.com)Tel: +229 65853748SHIPMENT CODE AWB 37XcSREGISTERED TAG FCSCB77018.SECURITY CODE SCAT/2012UPS/396/TRANSACTION CODE 229/CYST/101/86048/CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT CODE SCAT/BUN/lxiv/-08/02DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE N0.: 405576
Also below is the information they are requesting to deliver the ATM DEBIT CARD to you to avoid wrong delivery.
Full name:..........Home address:.......Country:...........Telephone:..........Occupation:........
Please make sure the information is complete as they promised that once the received their security safe keeping fee of $150 with your delivery address,your ATM card will be delivered to your door step under 48hours according to the assurance given to me from the shipment officer, and shipment tracking numbers will send to you too.
Your ATM DEBIT CARD withdrawing access pin code number is (0258) take note, once you received the card you take it to any Automated Teller Machine(ATM) around your area,slot the card and enter the pin code number (0258) for withdrawal, the maximum amount you will withdrew in any ATM machine any where in the world is us$1,000 per hour take note.
Mrs. Angelina JohnsonUnited Nations Compensation Commission01 BP 258 Presidential VillaPorto Novo Republic du Benin
Ps: Citibank USA can still handle the transfer through bank to bank wire if you wish.