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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:
- "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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 09:54:44 +0200
Subject: WE APOLOGIES FOR THE DELAY. REPLY NOW.
CONSIGNMENT ATM INTER-SWITCH DEPARTMENT.
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA.
Avenue Jean-Paul II - 08 BP 0879 -
TOTAL AMOUNT: $3,500,000.00 MILLION USD
WE=2019RE SORRY FOR THE DELAY PROCESSING YOUR CONSIGNMENT, THE CONSIGNMEN=
T IS READY FOR DELIVERY. THE BANK MANAGEMENT HAS FINALLY DONE WITH THE APPR=
OVAL OF THE CARD AND AMOUNT ON THE VISA CARD IS $3.5MILLION USD. THEREFORE,=
REPLY NOW FOR DELIVERY REGISTRATION WITH UPS OR DHL,ALSO NOTE THAT YOU CAN=
ONLY WITHDRAW $5000 PER DAY. DO NOT WITHDRAW MORE THAN THAT, AVOIDING BLOC=
KING OF THE CARD AS PER INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE BANK ADMINISTRATOR/ I.T MAN.
FORWARD YOUR DELIVERY INFORMATION =
YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS:----------------
MOBILE/HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER:---------
WE APOLOGIES FOR THE DELAY. REPLY NOW.