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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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)
- "million us dollars" (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)
- "deadline" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Miss. Donna Gwen" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:33:29 -0800
Subject: FBI ALERT!!!
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we (FBI) urge you to treat it genuinely.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday:
We the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) through our intelligence monitoring network has discovered that the transaction you did previously was legal.Recently the fund has been legally approved to be paid via INTER SWITCH WORLD BANK.
So, we the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington Dc, in conjunction with the United Nations (UN), financial department has authorized you to contact the pay master for the release of your fund.We are aware of scam that is going on internet ,We the Federal Bureau of investigation decided to contracted the Ups Courier Service Company for them to give us their procedures on how to sent this money to you without any further complain or delay. We got an information from the Inter Switch World Bank and they have loaded your $3.5 Million Us Dollars in ATM MASTER DEBT CARD and submit to the Ups courier service company for immediate delivery to your doorstep.
You are required to choose one option, which you will be able to pay and also convenient for you for quick delivery of your parcel containing your ATM CARD and other two original back up documents.
Service Type | Delivery Duration | Charges/Fees
------------------------------ ------------------------------ --------------- UPS Premium Express (24 hrs Delivery) Mailing $200.00 Insurance $150.00 Vat $50.00 TOTAL $400.00 (four hundred US Dollars Only).
.............................. .............................. ..........
Special Express (2 Days)
Mailing $100.00 00
Insurance $150.00 00
Vat $50.00 00
TOTAL $300.00 00
$ 300 (three hundred US Dollars Only ) .............................. .............................. ................
You are hereby required to advice us, on your parcel delivery option by filling in the required form stated above. Please note that the deadline for claiming of your fund is exactly one week after the receipt of this email. After this period, your fund will be return back to federation account So take note.
Moreover, you can view those we sent ATM MASTER DEBIT CARD AND THEIR Tracking numbers , website (http://www.ups.com/).
Here are the tracking numbers of the successful delivery made,you can check it by your self.
LIKE YOU WHO HAVE RECEIVED THEIR PAYMENT SUCCESSFULLY.
JOHNNY ALMANTE ==============1Z2X59394198080570
GARY METZGER ==============1Z2X59394195952759
GLEN PAPANIKAS ==============1Z2X59394198690947
CAROL R BUCZYNSKI ==============1Z2X59394197862530
KARIMA EMELIA TAYLOR ==============1Z2X59394198591527
LISA LAIRD ==============1Z2X59394196641913
POLLY SHAYKIN ==============1Z2X59394198817702
MOREOVER, THIS IS ANOTHER PEOPLE THAT RECEIVED THEIR
PAYMENT THROUGH UPS WEBSITE (WWW.DHL.COM).
RICHARD AUTRY ============== 869713119185
GARY METZGER ============== 871363130860
MARK STUBBS ==============871363116168
We request that you reconfirm your mailing address to ensure conformity with our record for immediate dispatch of your parcel to you. Only valid residential/Office address and postal address are certified OK.
DELIVERY DESTINATION INFORMATION:
------------------------------ ------------------------------ - Receiver's Name :.......
Delivery Information/ Parcel Description
------------------------------ ------------------------------ ----------- Delivery Terms: International Delivery Condition Of Delivery:Priority Delivery Consignment Note No: MI 49866-2110 Color of Parcel: ...Brown.
Total Weight: 36.2 kg
Total Net Weight: 1.7 kg
We are here to protect you from any problem till you receive your package,
To effect the release of your fund valued at $3.5Million us dollars you are advised to contact our correspondent,your special Fbi funds transfer agent Mr. MARK RUBEN with the information below,
Name: AGENT.MARK RUBEN
Looking forward to hear from you as soon as you receive this message.
(FBI) Superior: Miss Donna Gwen.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
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