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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "ATM CARD" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 04:18:39 -0700
Your ATM card worth the sum Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Of American Dollars ($4.700â000â00 ) has been deposited with UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) for delivery to your home address. We are sorry for the Delay which was as a result of the CoronaVirus Pandemic. You are advised to stay safe band clean.
Please Do Reconfirm the below Details;
Note, All charges regards this delivery was paid except , that it's mandatory the recepient to pay for the safe keeping fees charged $50 USD Daily which is payable before dispatching the parcel to your destination. for further inquiries please Now contact UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) Nigerian Regional Director : Mr Morris Soma
Acting Manager of UBA Bank Plc