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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. W. Anderson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2019 08:49:06 -0700
Subject: I will advise you to provide your current Funds Delivery
Your parcel consignment sum funds $1.1 Million USD delivery has arrived currently at Miami International Airport United States. I am contacting you regarding a special cargo that has been abandoned here at our Miami International Airport warehouse scanned OK, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in it. From my findings, the cargo originated from United Nation office in London and the content was not declared as money by the consignor in order to avoid diversion by the
I will advise you to provide your current
FULL NAME: ==============
CURRENT HOME ADDRESS: ===========
TELEPHONE/CELL PHONE NUMBER. =========
NEAREST AIRPORT =========.
I sincerely and humbly needs a reliable person trust worthy God's fearing human as to join hands together with good faith to make clearance with the Miami International Airport warehouse over requested approval CERTIFICATE to deliver.
Mr Willy Anderson
Asst. Operations Manager
Cell Mobile : +1-786-490-9664