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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:
- "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)
- "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 united states 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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "contact the diplomat" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: MR JOHN AUSTIN <"www."@oregano.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: MR JOHN AUSTIN <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:23:43 +0900 (JST)
Subject: contact the diplomatc +1910-319-8324
ATTENTION: YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED.
Please, you are officially informed today that the Federal Government of this country has finally released your inheritance/contract payment of $13.5 Million United States Dollars and it has been packaged out for delivery with the help of US AMBASSADOR to Courier Republic which acts as your foreign representative here in Courier Republic.
In addition, every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the (Mr Remmy Remond) and every Documents guiding your delivery is well updated so you are advice to confirm your full delivery information to the Agent right now as he is currently at (JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEW YORK) with your consignment box, because he called me this morning to inform me that he misplaced your delivery address.
So you are advised to confirm your full delivery information to the diplomat as to have easy conversation with him and to enable you give him the full direction to get your package delivered and hand it over to you safely and sound, you are advice to be very fast as the diplomatic Agent (Mr Remmy Remond) has no time to waste because his flight ticket will be expiring within few days.
Do contact the diplomatic agent with the email below with the information's required.
Contact Person: Diplomat REMMY REMOND
MOBILE: (+1910-319-8324 (TEXT OR CALL HIM)
Here is the Information you are required to reconfirm to the Agent.
MOBILE NO: ===============
NAME OF YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT: =====
A COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION: =====
Most importantly, he is now at (JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEW YORK USA) and due to the Searching and Scanning of the consignment he misplaced your address and all your contact information. So contact him to deliver your package right away and also get back to us immediately you contact the Agent to insure that your fund is getting to you without any hitch,
Furthermore, remember the Agent delivering the Consignment does not know that the consignment contained money because the AMBASSADOR who is your representative here registered it as a family valuable article to avoid inspection during the delivery, so unknown circumstances should you let him know the content of that consignment to avoid him from running away with your funds, as your Consignment was sign and stamp by US EMBASSY here in Courier Republic to ensure that it is protected until it arrives your address.
DHL COURIER COMPANY LIMITED
MR. JOHN AUSTIN