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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:
- "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)
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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: "Del Rio International Airport Texas" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 06:53:30 -0700
Subject: Your Consignment Box Reg: JG1N8875BS is available for delivery to you as the
DRT AIRPORT SECURITY
Del Rio International Airport(DRT)
1104 W 10th St, Del Rio, TX 78840, United States
ATTENTION: Notice On Your Consignment Box Reg: JG1N8875BS.
Today we discovered an abandoned metal box with reg;JG1N8875BS originally scheduled to be delivered to you by the agency (International Payment Service) New York. The metal box, when scanned by a forensic scanner it was revealed to contain 100 dollar bills valued $10.5 Million USD(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars) which has been under Security surveillance for some days now.
I am writing to inform you that we have investigated the said Metal box and the investigation proved the legitimacy of its content. Note, The Funds which belongs to you was initially scheduled for delivery to you.
Information at my disposal states that the Diplomat who arrived with the Consignment made several attempts to reach you via the available means as the mails sent could not be delivered,all efforts proved abortive so he decided to leave the case behind.
You are therefore advised to make contact with Richard Howard (Dispatch Officer) of Broadefest Courier Service,which is the courier company in charge of the storage unit your box is in order to assist you recover your Consignment box and deliver it to your home. You may contact him through his email [email@example.com] to recover your Consignment or we will be compelled to list your Fund as an unclaimed consignment and maybe forfeited and moved to the United States Treasury Department for holding.
If this mail is found in spam folder, it could be due to your Internet Service Provider, ISP. So move to your inbox before your reply.
(Mrs) Susan C. Bells
Del Rio International Airport Texas.