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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Lizzy Monaco" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Lizzy Monaco" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:03:03 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: DHL DELIVERY NOTIFICATION
Â Your Attention Is Needed!We have finally arranged to deliver your ATM CARD worth $3million USDthrough the national DHL company. We were able to accomplish this throughthe help of IMF director John Andy and every necessary arrangement has beenmade successfully with the National DHL Agent Mr John Chubi.
Contact person: Mr. David Fisher Director DHL,Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 2015375051
Contact the DHL agent in South Carolina USAwith your delivery information, your phone number,address, city, nearest airport and your receiver's name. and also beinformed that delivery agent will leave to this country as soon as you haveproceed with the DHL requirement for your funds deliver,