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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Central Bank Of Nigeria <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:08:05 +0100
Subject: POST OFFICE COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY
POST OFFICE COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY
Nipost Corporate Headquarters
Mubarak Muse Gunar House
Plot 1279 Muhammad Bukharin Way
PMB 12537, Garik 900001
Attn : ATM MasterCard Beneficiary ,
This is POST OFFICE Courier Delivery Company of Nigeria, the
management of this company, wishes to inform you that, we received a
parcel containing an ATM Master Card valued $25,000,000million USD with some
vital documents attached on it, for safety delivery to your home
address in your country,within' the next 48hrs as soon as we hear back
from you. This is (payment office ) I am directed to inform you that
your payment verification and confirmations is OK.
This parcel was brought to us this morning by the ATM Card payment
office/Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) as your inheritance approved
fund to be delivered to you,without delay,so kindly reconfirm the
below information, to avoid delivery your ATM Master Card to a wrong
Parcel owner address...........
Scan Copy of Your International Passport Or Driver's License. We will
register your package and send you the tracking numbers before we
proceed for safety delivery of your package as soon as you reconfirm
the required information's for safety delivery,
POST OFFICE is one of the world's great success stories, the start-up
that revolutionized the delivery of packages and information. In the
past 30 years, we've grown up and grown into a diverse family of
companies as POST OFFICE that's bigger, stronger, better than ever.
Mr Chris Obi
Dispatch Manager POST OFFICE Company