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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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.
- email@example.com (Post; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- contact us with this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org attn : atm mastercard beneficiary , this is post office (Post; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Dispatch Manager POST OFFICE Company <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2017 17:50:55 -0500
Subject: Waiting to read your e-mail on this Email ID Which is :
POST OFFICE COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY
107, Isolo Express Road
CALL WITH THIS TELL PHONE:+2348122618411
Contact US With This Email Address: MrChrisObi20@post.com
Attn : ATM MasterCard Beneficiary ,
This is POST OFFICE Courier Delivery Company of Nigeria, the
management of this company, wishes to inform you that, we received a
parcel containing an ATM Master Card valued $10.5million USD with some
vital documents attached on it, for safety delivery to your home
address in your country,within' the next 48hrs as soon as we hear back
from you. This is (payment office ) I am directed to inform you tha
your payment verification and confirmations is OK.
This parcel was brought to us this morning by the ATM Card payment
office/Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) as your inheritance approved
fund to be delivered to you,without delay,so kindly reconfirm the
below information, to avoid delivery your ATM Master Card to a wrong
Parcel owner address...........
A copy of your working ID Card.......
Scan Copy of Your International Passport Or Driver's License.............
We will register your package and send you the tracking numbers before
we proceed for safety delivery of your package as soon as you
reconfirm the required information's for safety delivery,
POST OFFICE is one of the world's great success stories, the start-up
that revolutionized the delivery of packages and information. In the
past 30 years, we've grown up and grown into a diverse family of
companies as POST OFFICE that's bigger, stronger, better than ever.
Waiting to read your e-mail on this Email ID Which is : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Chris Obi
Dispatch Manager POST OFFICE Company