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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:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "courier company" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- courier service contact agent: home delivery email: email@example.com thank you very much for your zeal to assist then. let (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Christiane Alwin" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:34:10 -0700
Subject: Re: Good News!
I'm Mrs. Christiane Alwin a German citizen though you don't know me. My colleague sometime in the past solicited for your
partnership in a transaction in regard to getting some funds transferred to your account but you opted out due to reasons best
known to you, which left the transaction pending then.
Well he later solicited for my partnership and support on the same transaction, though he informed me about your effort to
assist him. We therefore agreed to compensate you after a successful transfer.
I am very happy to inform you about our success in getting the funds transferred under my co-operation. We left London, UK for
Paris, France to have our fun and Share the Joy of the successful transaction. hehehehe don't you ever think that we forgot you,
no we didn't forget your past efforts and zeal to assist at that time. Personally I love being transparent.
Anyway as agreed to compensate you to show our gratitude, we bought some gifts which include Gold Jewelries, iPads and Laptops
for you. We tried to call you on the phone but to no avail. We are flying to China tomorrow for investments and will barely have
access to email. Due to time constraints we had no other option than to leave the items with Excel Global Courier Service
Company to convey the items to you pending your address reconfirmation.
Inside the laptops bags, you will see $20,000 each (that's 9 laptops) making it $180,000 USD. I hid them inside the laptops bags
so that nobody will see it. Instruction has been given the Excel Global Courier Service to deliver the items to you as soon as
you reconfirm your receiving details to them. I will be very busy with travel arrangement, flying to China like i told you so i
will barely have access to mail. Hence I thought it wise to furnish you with Excel Global Courier Service contact details at
once so as to enable you contact them when you are able to read this mail.
Below are their contact details.... now E-mail them immediately and ask about item code: "9864543/pending/delivery" by me.
Company Name: Excel Global Courier Service
Contact Agent: Home Delivery
Thank you very much for your zeal to assist then. Let friendly love continue! Im off....Take care and God bless.
so feel free to get in touch with them. Pls pray for our safe trip. Please note that the courier company dont know anything
about the hiding money in the laptops, dont ever disclose it to them.
Mrs. Christiane Alwin