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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Edward Erick <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Edward Erick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:27:05 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: YOUR ATM MASTER CARD DELIVERY
ATTENTION KINDLY REPLY TO THIS EMAIL FOR YOUR ATM MASTER CARD DELIVERY, ( email@example.com )
I am Mr Edward Erick Head of Inspection Unit United Nations Inspection Agency in Chicago Midway International Airport. During our investigation, I discovered An abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from Federal Republic of Nigeria which was transferred from JF Kennedy Airport. To our facility here in Chicago, and when scanned it revealed an ATM MASTER CARD. The package was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal Effect/classified package to either avoid diversion by the Shipping Agent or confiscation by the relevant authorities.The diplomat's inability to pay for Non International fund/Inspection fees among other things are the reason why the package is delayed and abandoned. By my assessment, ATM CARD contains about $5.5M. The package is still left in the airport storage facility till today. The package like I said the details including your email on the official documentation from United Nations' office in Nigeria the shipment was tagged as personal effects/classified package is still available with us.
As it stands now, you have to reconfirm your information so I can cross-check and see if it corresponds with the one on the official documentations.
Full Name :
Full Home Address :
Tell phone :
Copy Of Your ID Card :
It is now left to you to decide if you still need the ATM MASTER CARD delivered or allow us repatriate it back to Nigeria (place of origin) as we were instructed. Like i did say again, the shipper abandoned it and ran away most importantly because he gave a false declaration, he could not pay for the Non International fund/Inspection fees among other things, he could not secure a valid non inspection document(s), etc. I am ready to assist you in any way I can for you to get back this packages provided you will take care of the needed documents, and you engage the services of a secure shipping/delivery Company/agent that will provide the necessary security. That is required to deliver the package to your doorstep or the destination of your choice. I need all the corporation that I can get from you before I can get in this project.
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