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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)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "contact 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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.BRYCE CONNERSON " <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 12:44:56 -0700
Subject: Re: Your Abandoned Consignment Box
Please Your Urgent Attention Is Needed,
We wish to inform you that the diplomatic agent conveying the consignment box
valued the sum of $4.7 Million United States Dollar misplaced your address and he is currently
stranded at your international airport right now call his phone Number +13136034643 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
We required you reconfirm the following information below on Email: so that he
can deliver your consignment box to you today or text him +13136034643 or email him on email@example.com
NAME OF YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT:............
A COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION: ..........
YOUR POST OFFICE ADDRESS;...................
Please do contact the diplomatic agent with the email below with the
Contact Person :FRANK PETERSONN
For security reason read bellow:- I did not let the delivery Agent knows that
your consignment box contain the above mentioned amount of United States Dollars and
on No circumstances should you let him know the content is $4.7M USD(CASH). The
consignments was moved from here as family treasures, so never allow him to open the box
until it get to your base.This is for security reason.
Just supply the above requirement infos and also use the CODE as a subject
matter to him:- CONSIGNMENT CODE:CAF/XX/05.