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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "JAMES SHUSTER" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:01:19 +0100
Subject: CONFIRM THIS AS A MATTER OF URGENCY
We have yesterday been 12 day of February, 2018 apprehended and intercepted a trunk weighing 100KG from this UN Diplomat by name Albert on his arrival into John F. Kennedy International Airport and according to him he said this trunk belongs and is meant to be delivered to you, And in a brief interrogation by our detective officer he confirmed that this trunk contents a large amount of money which is totally different from their initial declaration shown of the tag obtained from his origin state.
However, our intention sending this message to you is to confirm if you are really aware of the delivery of the box to you?
Kindly affirm that you are aware of the delivery of the trunk so that he can be allowed to do so.
Endeavor to send your complete details in your response to this mail as follows;
Await your immediate response.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Address: Queens, NY 11430, USA.
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