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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:
- "trunk box" (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)
- "trunk boxes" (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: "Capt. Lara William" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2019 11:31:17 -0700
Subject: GET back to me urgently ....
I am Capt. Larashana Williams, female Army officer with the US military and currently in Baghdad with the Combat Support Squad, US Base Camp, Speicher - Baghdad, Iraq.
I need you to help receive some funds concealed in two (2) trunk boxes awaiting shipment proceedings here in Baghdad. Kindly review the below links as source of funds:
I do hope you are going to give me your trust in carrying out this venture for our mutual benefit, it's a 100% risk free project but details must be kept in confidence.
I will provide you with more details upon receipt of your response on how we'll realize the safe shipment of these boxes without breach of the law. I'm not using this proposal to solicit for money whatsoever, I do not need your money, rather, everything will be handled from here for a safe delivery to your mailing/delivery address in your location as would be designated by you. I look forward to hearing from you at your convenience.
Capt. Larasha William
Baghdad, Iraq. -