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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:
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- jenkin mary alfred office e-mail>>>>> email@example.com director e-mail>>>firstname.lastname@example.org phone number>>> (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: WELCOME TO GT BANK ATM DEPARTMENT <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:47:30 +0000
Subject: YOUR PACKAGE REG- NUM......XQp 011-17-pkg
This is to inform you that your activated ATM VISA card has been
deposited at TNT courier express for days now,we have send to you this
notice before but have not get your response, This package was deposited
after the issued bank has accepted to pay your delivery fee, Now except
your daily security fee charges all the delivery fee and your prove
documents has been handed over to courier company Director, your package
register code is (XQp 011-17-pkg) Remember to identify this code as you
contact TNT Courier for your immediate delivery
1..YOUR FULL NAME....................
2...YOUR DELIVERY ADDRESS............
3..YOUR PHONE NUMBER.................
4.. REG- NUM...........XQp 011-17-pkg
5.. DEPOSITOR IS.....WILLIAM SCARLET
6..DAILY SECURITY FEE>>>>>> $43.00
The contact person is Mrs Jenkins Alfred courier international delivery
CONTACT INFO BELLOW
DIRECTOR JENKIN MARY ALFRED
OFFICE E-MAIL>>>>> firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number>>> +229-97274056
NOTE!!! Make sure you contact the courier director today with your right