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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "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)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Rev. Dr. GODSWILL DOSIAH" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:54:39 +1200
Subject: NOTE:THIS IS YOUR PACKAGE REGISTERED CODE NO OVX950
NOTE:THIS IS YOUR PACKAGE REGISTERED CODE NO OVX950
Please it's my pleasure to inform about the ongoing delivering of your
the DHL Courier Service Benin Republic, The said consignment was
finally by the British High Commission (BHC),Worth's of $10.5 million.
The Registration took place yesterday again by BHC to avoid any
which might stop the delivery from getting to your door step.
You're please to give us an immdediate comply in this matter by
your details to the DHL Agent, Agent. Stanley White, He's under the
the delivery now in Atlanta GA. Kindly confirm your details without
(1)Your Full Name
(2)Mobile Phone Number
(3)Current Home Address==
(7)Nearest Airport =====
His details stated below:
Agent Name: Comrade. Stanley White
his name is Comrade. Stanley White
SECURITY CODE EYTU/3055WEZ/263/
SHIPMENT CODE GJK72DWQ
TRANSACTION CODE 7126/JLFS/7138/17305/
PACKAGE REGISTERED CODE NO OVX950.
CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT CODE MCBS/PQLE/2-6/41
Rev. Dr. GODSWILL DOSIAH
CALL ME AFTER GOING THROUGH
THE EMAIL +229-9898-0752
The Director of DHL Courier Company