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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)
- "million us dollars" (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)
- "the 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "JOHN MARK" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2019 17:37:32 -0700
Subject: *** SPAM *** Hello
I Apologies if I did wrong by contacting you. I am Captain John Mark, a US MARINE OFFICER in Baghdad Iraq. On 16 July 2016 My Troops and I were alerted on the need of some Reconstruction works in Baghdad Street, a long thoroughfare of high-rise buildings built and Occupied by Saddam Hussein when he was alive here in Baghdad.
Immediately we proceeded to the site and as we commence work to our utmost surprise, we discovered an underground bunker in one of the buildings. Upon investigation of the bunker to my surprise, we discovered one box safely hidden and sealed,
I told my men to open the box in order to find out the contents of the box, and when they opened the Box, to My Amazement the box contained $10.5 million us dollars. I have kept the Consignment box secured with a Senior United Nation Diplomat in Madrid Spain to keep for me as i am on my duty in Baghdad Iraq.
I did not disclose the contents of the Box to the Diplomat. I told the United Nation Diplomat that the Consignment Box contains a Family Treasure Items like documents for safe keeping for me as i am on my duty post in Iraq.
Telephone OR Mobile E-mail Address,
Full name and postal address
Hon Diplomat Morris Peters have promise to deliver the box to your home door to door step. Please do not disclose this transfer to anybody as to protect this money between us.
Haifa Iraq is a hot Zone 24hrs zone as you can see in television and news.
I am happy that the consignment is secured in by United Nation Diplomat in Madrid Spain sealed and lock with the code which I will give you to open the consignment box when the diplomat arrival to deliver the consignment box to your home or office.
After you receive the consignment box from the diplomat you will logged the funds into your account, then take your 50% of the total as your share and keep my own 50% for me in your account. After I finish my duties here in Iraq I will fly to united state my country to send you my US account to send me mine own share.
Capt, John Mark.