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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:
- "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)
- ",000,000" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "2017 UNITED NATION POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAM BENEFIT."
Reply-To: "2017 UNITED NATION POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAM BENEFIT."
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:06:00 -0700
Subject: 2017 UNITED NATION POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAM BENEFIT.
Fort LauderdaleHollywood International Airport (FLL).
100 Terminal Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, USA.
2017 UNITED NATION POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAM BENEFIT.
Following the Poverty Alleviation Program recently conducted World Wide by the United Nation (UN) and the European Union(EU), you have been legally awarded as one of the lucky beneficiaries a whopping sum of 2,000,000USD (Two Million United States dollars) contained in an armored brief case with all required documentation enclosed inside identifying you as the potential beneficiary. Your benefit has just arrived the Fort LauderdaleHollywood International Airport (FLL), via First Flight Couriers Airlines.
Furthermore, this is to inform you that your package and the funds contained there in $2,000,000 USD (Two Million United States Dollars) has been completely and legally investigated by the International Monitory Funds (IMF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) SCAM ALERT UNIT. Therefore, your funds have been officially cleared for delivery to your residence, and due to security reasons have been deposited at the Airport Storage facility awaiting its delivery to your residence. Please be informed that the airport storage and security unit will be expecting you to clear up the $360.50 USD storage charge for the immediate release and delivery of your funds to your residence. This fee is not an extortion, but for the security services rendered on the safety of your funds while it awaits its delivery at the storage facility.
In order to recover your package, kindly contact Mr. Pete Akers of One World Couriers Ltd to assist you with the recovery of your benefit and its immediate delivery to your residence. You can contact him via his email at: ( email@example.com ) reconfirming the following delivery details:-
(1). Full Name....
(2). Residential Address....
(5). Cell phone....
Note that, failure to treat this email with all sense of urgency, we will be compelled to list your Package as an unclaimed funds and maybe forfeited and will be moved to the United States Treasury Department for holding without further delay.
Cargo and Storage Facility
This Email has been verified by the US Homeland Security & the United State Treasury Department to officially affirm its Legitimacy. This was sent from a secured IP address to avoid being compromised or hacked by scammers. Every content of this email is classified and should be kept confidential until the courier successfully arrives your residence with your funds.