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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:
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.David Zaza" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mr.David Zaza" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 21:00:49 +0900 (JST)
Subject: YOUR URGENT REPLY FOR YOUR ATM CARD
From DHL Courier Company Office Benin Republic.
This is to inform you that there is ATM VISA card in this office deposited by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. on the 15th of April 2015, your e-mail address was attached to it and is to be posted to you. We have been waiting for you to contact us for your conformable ATM VISA card which contains the sum of $2.6 Million USD and some vital documents. So kindly get back to this office (DHL COURIER COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC) to avoid fraudulent issues concerning in this service.Note: The only fee you are to pay is $85 required by the management.
Below is the Registration Information's of your ATM VISA CARD SHIPMENT,
SHIPMENT CODE AWB 83XcS
REGISTERED TAG FCSCB77017.
SECURITY CODE SCAT/2012dhl/996/
TRANSACTION CODE 233/CYST/101/32044/
CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT CODE SCAT/BUN/lxiv/-05/01
we shall send the ATM VISA Card to you as soon as you reconfirm provide Delivery address below.
Your full name.........
Your postal code and address.....
Your direct phone.......
Note: that you are to pay for the Delivery fee of $85.you are advise to confirm your readiness in sending the fee to enable us proceed the Delivery of your ATM VISA Card.Note: that every claim has an expiring period of FIVE working-days (5days) so you have to send this fee so that your ATM Visa Card will be Delivered to you urgently to avoid expiration,
You can call us on +229-9652 6788
Your best regard
Phone +229-9652 6788
Manager of DHL Courier Company