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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:
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: "Mrs.Elizabeth James" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:26:15 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: CONTACT UPS FOR YOUR ATM CARD PACKAGE
UNITEDÂ BANKÂ FORÂ AFRICAÂ INTERNATIONAL
UNITEDÂ BANKÂ HeightsÂ PlotÂ 87Â Ajose
AdeogunÂ Street,CotonouÂ BeninÂ Republic
ThisÂ isÂ toÂ bringÂ yourÂ noticeÂ that,IÂ haveÂ paidÂ theÂ re_activationÂ feeÂ andÂ theÂ deliveryÂ ofÂ yourÂ atmÂ masterÂ card,IÂ paidÂ itÂ becauseÂ theÂ ATMÂ MASTERÂ CARDÂ codeÂ isÂ 8119Â andÂ theÂ US$8.5Â millionÂ insideÂ theÂ cardÂ hasÂ lessÂ thanÂ fifteenÂ daysÂ toÂ expire,andÂ whenÂ itÂ expiresÂ theÂ moneyÂ insideÂ willÂ goÂ intoÂ theÂ governmentÂ purse.
withÂ thatÂ iÂ haveÂ decidedÂ toÂ helpÂ youÂ payÂ theÂ moneyÂ soÂ thatÂ theÂ ATMÂ MASTERÂ CARDÂ willÂ notÂ expire,becauseÂ IÂ knowÂ thatÂ whenÂ youÂ getÂ yourÂ ATMÂ MASTERÂ CARDÂ definitelyÂ youÂ mustÂ payÂ meÂ backÂ myÂ moneyÂ andÂ evenÂ compensateÂ meÂ forÂ helpingÂ you.NowÂ iÂ wantÂ youÂ toÂ contactÂ UPSÂ DELIVERÂ COMPANYÂ withÂ yourÂ fullÂ deliveryÂ information'sÂ suchÂ as.
HereÂ isÂ theÂ informationÂ theyÂ neededÂ fromÂ you:
1)Â YourÂ Name:...
4)Â HomeÂ Address:..
6)Â IdentityÂ CardÂ OrÂ Passport:...
soÂ thatÂ theyÂ canÂ deliverÂ yourÂ ATMÂ MASTERÂ CARDÂ toÂ yourÂ designatedÂ homeÂ addressÂ withoutÂ anyÂ moreÂ delay.likeÂ iÂ statedÂ earlyÂ theÂ deliveryÂ chargesÂ hasÂ beenÂ paidÂ butÂ iÂ didÂ notÂ payÂ theirÂ officialÂ keepingÂ chargesÂ sinceÂ theyÂ refused,andÂ theyÂ didÂ itÂ becauseÂ theyÂ doÂ notÂ knowÂ whenÂ youÂ areÂ goingÂ toÂ contactÂ themÂ andÂ theÂ demurrageÂ mightÂ haveÂ increase,theyÂ toldÂ meÂ thatÂ theirÂ keepingÂ chargesÂ isÂ $25Â ,perÂ dayÂ andÂ iÂ depositedÂ itÂ onÂ theÂ 22ndÂ ofÂ JanuaryÂ 2020.callÂ himÂ asÂ soonÂ asÂ youÂ receiveÂ thisÂ email.
BelowÂ isÂ theirÂ contactÂ Information's.
ContactÂ person:Â Mr.OliverÂ Anderson
UPSÂ DELIVERYÂ COMPANY
PhoneÂ number:Â +229-67573205
contactÂ themÂ todayÂ toÂ avoidÂ increaseÂ ofÂ theirÂ officialÂ keepingÂ fee.andÂ letÂ meÂ knowÂ onceÂ youÂ receiveÂ yourÂ ATMÂ MASTERÂ CARD.