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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:
- "express courier delivery" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "cheque " (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- 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.
- 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: "Mr. Don William" <www.@basil.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr.Don William" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 01:11:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Ordering Beneficiary
Attention Ordering Beneficiary
I . AM Mr. Don William I have paid the fee for your Cheque draft and I took it to the FINANCIAL BANK PLC to confirm it then the Manager of the Bank MR FRANK
UGO told me that before the check can get to you it will expire on the way and if it expired it will become useless so He advice me to convert $7.5Million
(SEVEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) into cash and pack it into the strong iron box and deposit it in DHL DELIVERY COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC to
deliver it in cash to you.and i did it as he advice me because he is a Banker he knows the durability of any foreign check or draft.
This is your Registration information:
Shipment Code: #AXIB 131ZXR,
Your Package Registration No; # Eg2272,
Security Code No: # 01721457,
PACKAGE No: # JKT0014523,
Items No: # J247,
Serial No: #1256784356,
Size of the items: 46Cm by 35Cm,
Weight of the items: 2.1kg.
I deposited the package to the DHL Delivery Company as an cotton materials for security reasons.This is the registration Number of your Package # Eg2272, Zip
Code;0113838 so do not let the company to know the real contents of the package so that they can deliver it for you safely. I want you to contact the company
immediately with the following information,Below is the required information you
need to give them now.
1.YOUR FULL NAME______________
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS._____________
4.YOUR CURRENT TELEPHONE NUMBER._______________
6..A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE_____________
All these things is needed from you now to submit to the company for urgent delivery of your package contains $7.5Million US Dollar Please contact the
delivery company immediately and reconfirm your information to them to enable their agent locate you when he arrived in your country. This is the company
Dhl Express Courier Delivery Company Benin Republic.
Tel Fax Phone; +22998213968
Please contact the company immediately you receive this email so that your package will leave tonight to deliver it to you. Get back to me as soon as you
receive your package
from the company.
Mrs. Susan Williams