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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "the 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)
- "trunk box" (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)
- "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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "a diplomat " ("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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Philip Bowman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2017 22:17:15 -0800
Subject: WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY.
Washington Dulles International Airport
1 Saarinen Cir,Dulles,VA 20166,United States
I am Mr.Philip Bowman,Director of Inspection, United Nations
inspection Agent in Dulles International Airport,Washington DC,USA.
During our investigation, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a
Diplomat from United Kingdom that has your email id and contact
address details in 2188 Claude's Drag Road Roseboro North Carolina
It was kept under our facility here in Washington DC and when scanned
it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing
approximately 78kg each.
The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly
declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal
effect to avoid diversion by the Shipping agent also the Diplomat
inability to pay for Non Inspection Fees.
On my assumption, i discovered that the box will contain approximately
$8M to $10M and the consignment is still left in storage house till
today through a registered shipping Company, Courier Dispatch Service
Limited a division of Trans guard Ltd.
The Consignment weight about 110kg (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x
D73 (cm). Effective capacity: 680L.)Approximately.You will need to
provide your full names,Phone Numbers,address and the nearest Airport
around your location.
All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can get
everything concluded within 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed
to your address for delivery.
I must get assurance from you concerning my 50% before I will proceed.
once we are through I will deploy the services of a secured shipping
Company geared to provide the security it needs to your doorstep. Or I
can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble. But I will share it
50% to you and 50% to me.
You need to assure me of my 50% before i proceed.
I look forward to your response.
Mr. Philip Bowman