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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)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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 Delivery Company <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: DHL Delivery Company <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:51:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: YOUR CONSIGNMENT REGISTRATION NO :EG58945
This is to inform you that our diplomatic agent conveying your consignment box valued the sum of (usd$5.8 Million) misplaced your address and he is currently stranded at your International airport now and he is ready to deliver your consignment box to your house today. We required you to reconfirm the following information's to him so that he can deliver your consignment box to you today.
COMPANY REGISTRATION NO :EG58945
CODE NUMBER: 0140479
also make sure that you forward your Code Number and Company Registration number to him because it is very important to enable him locate your consignment file at the immigration point.Please do call the diplomatic agent with the below phone number immediately you forward this details to him to direct him how to locate you faster because he is really waiting to hear from you.
Diplomat Name: Mr Boni George
Senior Diplomatic Agent DHL Company
Direct Phone Number 1 843 350 4177
Email:click on reply and forward your details to him immediately
He is waiting to hear from you today with your home address,so forward your details immediately for him to locate you.NOTE : The Diplomatic agent does not know that the consignment contents is($5.8 Million)and on no circumstances should you let him know the content,your consignments was moved from here as West African native Cloths, so never allow him to open the box until its delivered to you, call me once you have summit the info to Mr Boni George.
Dr Brunkard Arlyson
DHL Delivery Company Benin Republic
00229 9513 2784