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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:
- "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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Newark Liberty International Airport" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:45:35 -0700
Subject: Letter From Newark Liberty International Airport United States of America
From Mr. Albert R. Keith.
Tel. +1 (917) 725-3369
Referene Package Code No: 2009
Good day to you my dear and how are you doing today? This is Mr. Albert R. Keith. from Newark Liberty International Airport, United States of
America, I am here to let you know that we received different types of
consignment boxes and packages from Atlanta Georgia airport with some
people's name placed on it, among the consignment boxes and packages
that is still in our custody, your name was included on the ATM CARD
worth $2.5Million, other consignment and bank Drafts is from new
jersey custom office , banks in Europe and some part of Asia, all the
consignment is here in our office, (THE HOME LAND SECURITY AND
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES INCLUDING THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE )has
given order for immediate release of the consignment boxes and
packages containing drafts and ATM CARDS to the owners but we just
want to be very sure of you.
Your Full Name:
Your Mobile Phone Number:
Reference Package Code No
To avoid any wrong delivery to someone else.
Mr. Albert R. Keith.
Newark Liberty International Airport
Tel. +1 (917) 725-3369