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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:
- "activation fee" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address looks like addresses used in "ATM SWIFT card" 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: UPS DELIVERY COMPANY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: UPS DELIVERY COMPANY <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 1 May 2020 05:25:52 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ups delivery company call or text +1 202 810 1101 for the delivery
of your atm card
This is to bring your notice that,I have paid the re_activation fee
and the delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD,I paid it because the ATM
MASTER CARD 4.5 million inside has less than three days to expire
and when it expires,the money inside will go in to government purse.
with that i decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM MASTER
CARD will not expire,because I know that when you get your ATM MASTER
CARD definitely you must pay me back for helping you.
Now i want you to send your full delivery information
Your home address
Your Tel phone number
include your ID Card
to UPS delivery company so that they can deliver your ATM card
The only thing you have to pay is the keeping fee charges,which is $205 only.
Contact;+1 202 810 1101 text only
ups delivery company
MR JOHN EMERSON
ATM CARD; Federal Republic of Kenya