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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:
- "consignment " (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)
- "million 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)
- 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: "james Angelone" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:46:09 -0800
Subject: delivery of your box,
Our company's diplomat, who has your Consignment Box, is currently stranded
at Atlanta International Airport.
In order to smoothly complete the delivery of your box, he will need
the following information (listed below) to release the delivery of
your box. It is strongly
suggested that you do not reveal that the box contains 5.5 million
dollars in United States currency.
Information needed is:
Your Full Name=============
Current Home Address========
Mobile Phone Number========
Nearest Airport ===========
Your occupation ===========
SHIPMENT CODE ZNS9LE47MAQ
SECURITY CODE UDKWNGPSA/8301/
PACKAGE REGISTERED CODE NO 3KD819.
TRANSACTION CODE 693/HWSV/0F2/P501/
CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT CODE DHSO/GPEW/0472/
Mr james Angelone