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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:
- "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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "lagos" (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 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Todd" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:11:12 -0800
Subject: Re: Can the Payment be delivery to You?. 126.96.36.199
Let me start by introducing myself to you. I am Mr.Todd.Anthony.,the Head of Delivery Unit Murtala Muhammed Int'l Airport Lagos Nigeria. I sent my diplomat to make a Delivery of a Consignment belonging to Mrs.Lynn Ted, when the diplomat arrived At the Newark Liberty International Airport,He called the telephone number that was given to him and someone else pick the call and confirm to us that Mrs.Lynn Ted died 2-days ago in a car accident.
The Diplomat is presently at the INT'L AIRPORT and cannot return back the consignment to Nigeria based on the fact that if he returns it,The government will confiscate it.I decided to search for a New and Trust-Worthy Person that can help receive the consignment and we both will share in the ratio of 50/45.the 5% will go for any experiences
During my research I found your name and email address and I deem it fit to email and inform you.The diplomat presently is The Consignment contains $19.750.Million USD and we shall share this funds when the consignment is delivered to you.If you can assist to receive the consignment,Kindly reconfirm your home address to me ;...,CELL PHONE NUMBER& OCCUPATION So the Consignment Can be delivered to you as the New Beneficiary .
I will wait to hear from you. directly on this information
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