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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:
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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. DONNA GWEN" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2018 03:35:39 +0900
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD IS READY FOR DELIVERY...
Standard Chartered Bank
105b, Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
ATM CARD REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
Tel: 234-01 2770860
OUR / REF / 2C3-ZB LAGOS
This is inform you that the payment for your ATM card Insurance coverage has been waived, USD$155 only remains for shipment cost, because the Management of Standard Chartered Bank said, i should confirm to you that finally all the necessary arrangement to release your ATM CARD of $8.5M with Standard Chartered Bank is now fine in your favor. I hereby urgently confirm to you that your ATM Card is ready.
CARD REFERENCE NUMBER: 4550003586666, PIN CODE PAYMENT NO. 4477,
Allocation card No. 604, ownership payment right No. 0494.
You're hereby advice to send the required details to ATM CARD shipping
Department for reconfirmation.
this info below:
1.Your Full Name............................
2 Private Home Address................................
3 Private/Cell Phone Number...............................
4 Copy of your ID......................
Call +2348020751540 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Kendrick William Immediately for your ATM CARD shipment without
delay when you receive this message.
Mrs. Donna Gwen
ATM CARD REMITTANCE DEPT.
Standard Chartered Bank Plc