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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:
- 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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: =?UTF-8?Q?Mr=2e_Eddie_Olivero?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:47:46 +0000
Attention Diana Ying
Good day to you my dear and how are you doing today? This is
Mr. Eddie Olivero from Tampa custom office in Florida united state
of America, am here to let you know that we received different types
of consignment boxes from Atlanta Georgia airport with some peoples
name placed on it and among the consignment boxes which is still in
our custody, your name was included, other consignment is from new
jersey custom office , banks in Europe and some part of Asia including
Africa is also here in our office, (FBI AND HOME LAND SECURITY
REVENUE INCLUDING THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE )has given order for
immediate release of the consignment boxes to the owners but we just
want to be very sure of you and to know if you are still alive so that
our office will not make any mistake or wrong delivery to someone
Day before yesterday (Mrs. Susan brown) sent to us a later stating
that she was a family member of you and she also said that you are no
more alive, she made us to understood that you handed over your
belonging to her when you was still alive so she is now demanding from
our office the two consignment boxes to be release to her as she is
standing as your next of kin but we are still waiting to see if you
will respond to this email before three days time because,(HOME LAND
SECURITY REVENUE)(FBI) AND (UNITED NATIONS) warned us to be very
careful in our dealings with you and mind you, that was the reason why
we ignored the letter from Mrs. Susan brown but still awaiting to see
if you will respond to this alert message for us to be sure that you
are still alive before we tell you the next line of action and the
best way you can received your consignment boxes without any more
delay on it.
waiting to hearing from you
Thanks and best.
Mr. Eddie Olivero
Customs Department Director
UNITED STATES CUSTOM OFFICE TAMPA FLORIDA