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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:
- "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)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "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 JOHN WILLIAMS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: MR JOHN WILLIAMS <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:56:45 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary,
Attention Dear Beneficiary,
is with gladness, i write you this message, to congratulate you on the
successful release of your Consignment Box Worth The Total sum of $4.8
Million USD to you as your Inheritance fund; Credited to Online Bank ATM
Card account that was set up for you In INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC
Below is your Consignment Box Reg Codes
Customer ID: 68388620872
Pass Code: f57s49x5a8xx56
Registration Code JKT110948G
FedEx Courier Company is unable to complete the Delivery of your
Consignment Box with the details we received from IMF, so we require
some more and Vital information in order to complete this Delivery of
your Consignment Box using Dhl Courier Delivery Service. However you are
Require to Forward your Full Delivery Information as Follows so that to
avoid Wrong Delivery.
* Your Full Names:________________________
* Your Country: ___________________________
* Contact Address:_____________________
* Message Phone Number:_______________________
* Direct Phone Number:_______________________
* Marital Status:_______________________
In order to resolve this problem, Please email us immediately. As soon as this information is being received by your humble self
Thank you as we anticipate your prompt response immediately.
Mr John Williams.
Phone Number 00229 9889 0343