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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)
- "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 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.Shawn Woodman Director DHL Branch Office" <Mr.Shawn.@topaz.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr.Shawn Woodman Director DHL Branch Office" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:59:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: CONTACT DHL COURIER COMPANY FOR YOUR PACKAGE
Attn: Valuable Customer,
Please it's my pleasure to inform you about the ongoing delivering of your fund, with the DHL Courier Service Benin Republic, The said consignment was registered finally by the British High Commission (BHC). Worths of $7.4 Million USD. The Registration took place yesterday again by British High Commission (BHC) to avoid any complicated news which might stop the delivery from getting to your door step. Please we urge you to give us an immediate comply in this matter by reconfirming your details to the DHL Agent, Agent: Mr.James Gibbs, He's under the process of the delivery currently now in Philadelphia,PA. so kindly reconfirm your mailing address to him without delay so he can complete the delivery to your home address and return back within 24hrs cause he has only 3 days to complete your shipment.
Name of Your Nearest Airport:
A Copy of Your Passport/Drivers License,(If possible)
Contact Person: James Mike. Gibbs
He is waiting to receive the required information from you today. INFO: The agent doesn't know that the content of the box is $7.4Million USD and on no circumstances should you let him know about what it contain, the two consignment Brief Case Boxes was moved from here as family treasures, so never allow him to open it, Please make sure you do not disclose body of this letter to him so that he won't be able to know what is in the two Brief Case Boxes.
CONSIGNMENT TRANSACTION DETAILS
SECURITY CODE DPTU/40783TOF/084/
SHIPMENT CODE GJK88TGC
TRANSACTION CODE 9352/JLFS/00X5/90075/
PACKAGE REGISTERED CODE NO XXOTV87.
CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT CODE NKBS/MNVC/3-8/15
Director DHL Branch Office
Republic of Benin.