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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)
- "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)
- "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: "JOHN ADAMS" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 13:13:15 -0700
Subject: CONFENTIAL TRANSACTION
A TRUNK BOX was registered in your name with GLOBAL SECURITY COMPANY LIMITED (GSCL)yesterday by the management of Access Bank of Nigeria
Plc (ABN)for onward delivery to your country if you meet the company delivery requirements in accordance to Nigeria law and International law of delivery of this nature.
We strictly warned the security company that the consignment should not be inspected by any security operatives due to the contents,this transaction should be keep confidential as i instructed them until the trunk is delivered to your house.
Furthermore below are the information's you will send to the security company when responding to this mail in accordance to the law to enable them to commence work on how to deliver your trunk box in their custody,
1:YOUR FULL NAME & ADDRESS
2:AGE & OCCUPATION WITH MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBER
3:NAME & ADDRESS OF YOUR NEXT OF KIN
4:SCAN COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION
5:NEAREST AIRPORT TO YOU & ZIP CODE
With the above information's Global Security Company Limited will commence work on how to deliver your consignment we registered with them without further delay,the Trunk Box was registered as personal belongings and photo materials instead of your $10.5m to avoid attracting the attention of security operatives or diversion and never you tell the security company the original contents when contacting them for security purpose.
Yours In Service,
(Director Foreign Operation)