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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)
- "united state dollar" (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 Julius." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mr. David Julius." <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:10:43 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re: Greetings From Mr. David Julius. Attention Owner Of ATM. Card
Attention Owner Of ATM. Card,
have actually been authorized by the newly appointed United Nation
secretary general, and the governing body of the UNITED NATIONS Monetary
Unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment of US$2.5M,
recommended and approved your favor. Because we found your email/name in
our list and that is why we are contacting you, This have been agreed
upon and have been signed Therefore, we are happy to inform you that an
arrangement has perfectly been concluded by the Federal Ministry of
Finance and approved by the United Nations to affect your Compensation
Committee (UNCC) payment as soon as possible in our bid to be
However, we want to inform you that the funds worth of $2.5 Million United state Dollar, has been converted into an ATM Master Card and have been
registered with A Courier Company and here is the registration code of
(Shipment Code 33xzs). You are advise to get in touch with the Courier agent, for the immediate delivery of
your ATM Master card at your address.
Here are the information required from you.
Your full Name:
Your Home or Office Address:
Your Cell phone Number:
Contact parson Dr. Henry White Dawns
Telephone No. +229-6848-4065
Please indicate the registration Code Number (awb-33xzs) when responding.
Mr. David Julius.