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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)
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "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: "Arnold Barnes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 10:54:21 +0530
Subject: Expected Delivery on
Re: Expected Delivery
Your shipment was withheld due to the finding of an undisclosed sum of money in the metal trunk-boxes. Actually, the contents were not properly declared by the correspondent as CASH .It was declared as hardware? just to avoid interrogation. For this reason, the consignment was taken into custody by the airport authorities while the shipment tag with your personal information detail was the only clue I could use to communicate with you so as to inform you of your abandoned shipment.
My name is Arnold Barnes, I work with the Norfolk International Airport, Virginia as one of the Inspection Personnel. Luggage and Packages. I discovered your shipment at the airport warehouse. I advise you to quickly furnish me with your name, home, and mobile phone numbers as well as your address, to enable me to cross-check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents. After which you will confirm to me the name of the nearest airport around you to help me locate you when bringing the shipment to you.
Please note, this consignment was supposed to have been taken to the United States Treasury Department as abandoned and unclaimed delivery but due to the period of time, the authorities mandated for the owner to come forward and claim the cargo the shipment has since been left abandoned. The reason I made up my mind, to contact you personally about this abandoned cargo was that I want us to transact this business and share the money 80% for you and 20% for me since the shipment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department
I would sincerely appreciate it if you can work with me as your confidante and partner in helping you get your shipment to your home as I would personally deliver the package to you as soon as possible .I need you to trust me implicitly in this issue. Contact me immediately via phone, text only 573 605 4363 and my email ( email@example.com ) for further instructions.
Norfolk International Airport
VA 23518, Virginia, United States