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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: rmr_06 <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2020 11:18:57 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: URGENT ATTENTION FROM CUSTOM AUTHORITY
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 6:03, Mr Richard Daniel<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: URGENT ATTENTION FROM CUSTOM AUTHORITY
This is to inform you that your consignment box of $87.5
Million USA Dollars we stop now from delivering to your home
address, you are to pay $350 for Custom stamp and clearance
certificate. Attach is your copy of your consignment box,
Remember to send your Full Delivery information to avoid
any mistake or wrong Delivery such as,
Your Next Of Kin:
Attach copy of your ID:
Mr Richard Daniel
Note, you have only 24 hours to pay the fee or your fund
will be transfer to Government Treasure as on unclaimed
fund. Get Back to us,
text me +1(916) 758-7619
congtact me with this number +1(916) 758-7619