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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:
- "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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Steven Morgan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:09:57 -0800
Subject: Attention Please indicate Your Shipment Code awb 33xzs to Mr. Joe Goodman.
Attention Please indicate Your Shipment Code awb 33xzs to Mr. Joe Goodman
This is to bring to your notice that I have registered your ATM CARD worthy the sum of US$2.4million which is from COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE with registration code of(Shipment Code awb 33xzs) contact
Now, your ATM CARD has been deposited with DHL Courier for delivery direct to your doorstep.therefore, I, want you to contact DHL Courier Company with your Full Contact information, so that they can deliver your ATM CARD to your designated address without any delay and please ask them to send you the tracking Number of the Package
Note;the delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fees, I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demur-rage.please Contact them with your receiver information
Your Country/ City.....
Your Nearest Air Port.....
Your Telephone Number:.....
Shipping company Office:
Name of Mr. Joe Goodman
E-mail:( email@example.com )