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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "trunk box" (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. )
- 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.
- email@example.com (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- equally told too.name=gary everts,contact firstname.lastname@example.org and contact number# 4073297068.also you can reach me (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: OFFICIAL NOTICE <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:09:19 +0100
Subject: HE JUST ARRIVE IN USA WITH YOUR CONSIGMENT TRUNK BOX CALL OR OR TEXT VIA
DIRECTOR IN CHARGE
This is to clearly inform you that the courier service man by name
MR.GARY EVERTS i sent to deliver your cash inheritance funds over $40m
loaded in a trunk box has successfully arrived your country and he is
at the Orlando International AIRPORT Florida,he needs your attention
to direct him to the nearest airport to your door step.
He is not aware of the content of the box because the first time this
commission tried sending the box to you,the first diplomat made away
with the box due to the fact that he knew the content but was later
apprehended in Brazil.
So i need you to contact him at once to enable him leave the airport
as fast as he can to avoid the box been tampered knowing that the
papers covering the box is said to be carrying hospital equipment as
he was equally told too.Name=GARY EVERTS,Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org and contact number#
4073297068.Also you can reach me through this email for further