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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:
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Rev.Desmond Great" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 04:47:33 +0100
Subject: CONTACT MR.IKEH BENSON HE WILL THE SOLUTION ON HOW YOU WILL GET YOUR ATM CARD.
We have deposited your ATM CARD,Worth of ($9.700`000`00,USD) through UBA BANK department after our final meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact UBA Diplomatic Agent,Ikeh Benson via Email,(email@example.com)Or contact him via cell phone number (352)616-4241, He will give you direction on how you will receive the ATM.Please note that i have paid for the registration cost, therefore indicate the registration code (OVX980) and forward your delivery address to them immediately and try per attention on their Next step instruction to get you the ATM card. Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong delivery such as,Receiver's
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