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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: "Mr. Sean Everett Roberts" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:30:04 +0100
Subject: HOU Cargo.
This is HOU Houston, Texas USA Cargo handling department (CHD). There is a false declared Consignments deposited in our restricted bonded store. On routine investigation, I saw only your email address on the manifest. The value of the shipment is assumed $100Million. It was forfeited because of false declaration.
I solicit your acceptance to position you as the beneficiary on condition that I will be given 30% of the total Proceed after receipt. Indicate your acceptance by forwarding:
1. Your Full Name.
2. Home phone & Cell Phone
3. Home delivery address.
4. Airport Closest to you.
5. Any form of Identification either Drivers license or International Passport.
All communication must be private. Once completed I will deploy the service of a secured dispatch company that will deliver to you.
Mr. Sean Everett Roberts.
Cargo Handling Department.