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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)
- "contact the diplomat" ("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 OFFICE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: DHL OFFICE <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:29:03 +0900 (JST)
Subject: CONFIRM YOUR RESIDENTIAL/DELIVERY ADDRESS
GOOD DAY DEAR PACKAGE OWNER,
How are you doing? We wish to inform you that the diplomatic agent conveying the consignment box valued the sum of (US$15.8 Million) United States Dollars misplaced your address and he is currently stranded at your International airport now. We required you to reconfirm the following informations below so that he can deliver your consignment box to you today.
YOU ARE EXPECTED TO FILL UP YOUR DELIVERY INFORMATION.
(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(7)Nearest Airport ==============
(8)A copy of your ID
(9)COMPANY REGISTRATION NO :EG58945
(10)CODE NUMBER: 0140479
Also make sure that you forward your Code Number and Company Registeration numnber to him because it is very important to enable him locate your Package.Please do contact the diplomatic agent with the email below with the informations required. he is now in usa you can call him after sending him email.
AGENT NAME: MR JOHN HAWK
DHL COMPANY DIPLOMATIC AGENT.
He is waiting to hear from you today with the informations,go ahead and sumit your information to the email address and call him. NOTE, The content of the consignment is (US$15.8 Million) United States Dollars, call me once you hear him and make sure you sumit the info to him.
Sincerely & Thank You
Director DHL company
Tele +229 686 253 88