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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:
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- 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: "Mrs.Rachael Adams" <"www."@royal.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Rachael Adams" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2017 10:32:00 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTIENTION TEXT OR CALL THIS NUMBER +229 966 208 49
ATTIENTION TEXT OR CALL THIS NUMBER +229 966 208 49
Your package ATM Card have been registered with DHL this morning and we
agreed up that the delivery of your $3.5 compensation Box will take off
tomorrow morning.So contact them with your full info, such as
(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(7)Nearest Airport ==============
Contact Mrs.Rachael Adams
Tel:+229 966 208 49
Note: You are advice to contact them now and ask them what you have to do
in other for the delivery of your ATM card to take place now and to avoid
any further more delay okay.