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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- "diplomatic delivery" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "contact the diplomat" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Ananda Krishnan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 06:40:17 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attn Dear Beneficiary;
Complement of the season; I hope all is well together with your family? if so Glory be to GOD almighty, We are here to inform you today that your total Compensation funds payment valued of ($1.5Million USD) has been credited in ATM Master card payment by the Eco Bank Authorize payment department at ratio withdraw payment of $5,000.00usd daily.
Note; You are advise to contact the Diplomatic delivery Agent via e-mail address bellow:( email@example.com ) and text his Mobile number; +1 (850) 220-2705 to request for your ATM Master Card package delivery status, to enable you receive it and start withdrawing your daily programmed fund payment as the Bank issued on your payment file in the Eco Bank Operation Authorize payment department.
Make sure you get in-touch with the Hon. Diplomatic delivery Agent now and instruct him where to deliver your ATM Master card package to you.
This is the information's you will send to him about your ATM Master Card package delivery status.
Your full Name......................
Your Home Address...................
Your Mobile Telephone number........
Let us know soon as you received your total Compensation funds payment valued of ($1.5Million USD) in ATM Master card package by contacting the Hon. Diplomatic Agent Madigan , and he will deliver your package to your noted address successful.