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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:
- "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 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)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "contact the diplomat" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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: "Barr. Sylvia England" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2019 20:12:36 +0100
Subject: CALL OR TEXT HIM (360) 646-8261
Williams Benson DHL agent is now at Richmond International
Airport with your consignment box worth of 4.7 million Dollars,
all you have to do now is send him your delivery address again
So that he won?t make mistake CALL OR TEXT HIM (360) 646-8261 email=
(email@example.com), this is all that is needed now urgently
because he is there now waiting to hear from you since yesterday,
and I told him to be at the security office so that nothing will happen
to the CARD
(1) Full names ---
(2) Phone line ---
(3) Country and city -----
(4) Age/sex ------
(5) NEAREST AIRPORT: ---
(6) Home address:-
BANK REGISTRATION NO :EG58945
CODE NUMBER: 0140479
also make sure that you forward your Code Number and Bank
registration's to him because it is very important to enable him
locate your package. Please do contact the diplomatic agent
with the information required CALL OR TEXT HIM (360) 646-8261 He is
waiting to hear from you today with the information,
Barr. Sylvia England
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