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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:
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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: Dhl Courier Servive <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Dhl Courier Servive <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:46:16 +0900 (JST)
I am MR. Anthony Williams, the new appointed DHL COURIER service Director Porto-novo branched at Benin Du Republic. I assumed this office on 25th, January, 2015. On going through the files of the previous records of this office, I discovered that there are six parcels containing ATM cards each one attached with an email address of the owner on it...
The former appointee of this office (Alhaji Ahmed Musa Jr.) failed to carry out the delivery as it was instructed and programmed. Probably, one of his reasons for not carrying out the delivery was that you have not provided your postal address to him for the completion of the delivery as he remarked...
According to the content recorded in each file, the ATM card was deposited by one Senior Evangelist Mathew Peterson who died one year back as a charity foundation parcel to each of the six countries. On the statement he wrote on the list, he stated that each of the aforementioned ATM cards contains the sum of TWO MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS..US$2.7,000.00 and he found your email contacts as reputable and capable persons that can use the charity awarded Cash to change the lives of Poor peoples In Your Country...
Meanwhile, I've made the arrangement of posting the six parcels through Our DHL Delivery Office to the six of you to your respective mailing addresses as soon as you comply with your full delivery information's Am also sending the same message of the same content to six of you that own the six abandoned ATM CARDS each at the same time. If found in spam folder, it could be due to your Internet Service Provider, (ISP). So move to your inbox before you reply.
I went to our head office at Cotonou and reported the issue of the discovered six ATM cards in my office and they verified it and gave me the veto order to carry out the delivery immediately you reconfirm your full delivery information to this office in order for us to book it for delivering the ATM CARD directly to you after Postal Stamp of the parcel. In that case You have to contact Our international delivery department agency with bellow email...
Contact person Director Solomon Ezechuks
Note, below information is officially needed for posting of the ATM CARD ASAP so forward the information to our international delivery department agency for immediate delivery to your destination.
Your Full name::::::
Your Full mailing info::::::
Your cell phone line:::::::
Your ID Card Copy::::
We shall delivery your ATM Card once you update us with the above info and you shall be given a tracking number, that is the Track and Trace number of your parcel which you will use to Monitor The package till it arrive to your home address, NOTE That you will take the responsibilities of the Delivery and clearance charges before the delivery will commence to your country. Remain blessed as I'll be looking forward to receiving your immediate response.
Office Phone: +229 6855-1206
DHL COURIER Office Porto-novo Benin Republic.