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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:
- "with your full names" (a common phrase found 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Ms Mary Thornton <"WWW."@viola.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:22:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Welcome To USA Couriers Delivery Company,
Welcome To USA Couriers Delivery Company,
2200 Norcross Parkway
Norcross, GA 30071 USA
Tel +1 4046632745
Our web http://www.usacouriers.com
Good Day Sir/ madam
My name is Ms Mary Thornton, i am a citizen of United States Of America working with USA Couriers Delivery Company here in Atlanta Ga 30314 USA, our company web is http://www.usacouriers.com my dear this is to inform you that a cashier check worth of $5.5 million united states was register in our office for further delivery to your address therefore i want you to reconfirm your address to me so that within 24hrs our agent will have the package deliver to you today because our service is a day delivery therefore you will receive your cashier check today immediately you have reconfirm your address and also send our mailing fee within couple of hours time the pacakage will be delivered to your address, for more details kindly login to our web site www.usacouriers.com
Final i want you to understand that your package is right here in the United States, therefire i want you to reconfirm your address to me immeditely you have receive this message,
Awaiting your reply with your full names and address,
Contact Ms Mary Thornton on this email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms Mary Thornton
From USA Couriers Delivery Company