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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)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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 (Outblaze.com, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Robert Kaufman <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Robert Kaufman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:12:34 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I DO APPRECIATE YOUR PAST EFFORT
With Due RespectÂ I'm delighted to bring to your notice about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from London. Presently I'm in the London for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.Â Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.Considering that you are a humanitarian worker assures me of your use of the funds I am about to offer you. I deposited the SUM of $5,500.000 USD in a consignment safety box in your name with HORSE POWER DELIVERY & SECURITY SERVICES.this is for your compensation for your past effort.
So kindly contact HORSE POWER DELIVERY SERVICES and ask them to proceed with the shipping of your consignment to your address, you have to send them the depositing SWIFT CODE with your contact details as below which they will use to deliver the consignment containing the money to your address
HORSE POWER DELIVERY SERVICESContact person: Peter JamesTelephone: +22990170257Email: email@example.com
Depositing SWIFT Code:.... CDIGRT-HPDA1Your Full name............?Your Address..............?Your Phone number.........?
Â Please do let me know immediately you take delivery so that we can share the joy after all the travails we experienced at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here in London because of the investment projects which myself and the new partner are having at hand. Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to HORSE POWER DELIVERY SERVICES to deliver the consignment to you, so feel free to get in touch with them
With best regards,Â Robert Kaufman