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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 phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "the consignment" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "consignment " (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Abraham Beniam" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:43:51 -0700
My name is Mr Abraham Beniam a British National. I am a Financial Consultant with the UNITED NATIONS NIGERIA. Be inform today that I have been Packaged and arrange with our delivery officer to move the sum of Five Million United States Dollars through our diplomatic Connection to Paris France for delivery to you.
The amount of US$5M Five Million United States Dollars have been packaged in one hundred dollars Denomination as cash consignment and it is in one Suite Case ready for delivery to you upon your arrival in Paris France.
Keep me inform of your date of coming to Paris France for the delivery in other instruct our delivery officer to move with the Cash Consignment to Paris France to meet with you for delivery.
However, I want to inform you that the fund has a CODE CONDITION and this CODE CONDITION on the face of the fund will make the Consignment and the delivery officer to beat any electronic searching on transit and on arrival in Paris France. Our delivery officer will tell you how the CODE CONDITION on the face of the fund will be remove to make the fund spendable.
I look forward to your response to proceed if your interested.
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