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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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- 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: Mrs Mirna Damary <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 17:58:25 +0100
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD PACKAGE $7,5MILLION IS AVAILABLE NOW
THIS IS YOUR SCAM VICTIM Compensations
This is to bring to your notice that I am a delegate from the United
Nations to The IMF (International Monetary Fund) United States
Regional Payment Office to pay 20 scam victims $7,500,000 million i
will deliver to you through consignment box or ATM CARD parcel You are
listed and approved for this fund as one of the scammed victims to be
paid this amount money,respond to this mail as soon as possible for
the immediate deliver consignment box or ATM CARD parcel to your
giving home address again get back to receive your compensations funds
or your consignment box or ATM CARD parcel return to government
Do you want compensations fund $7,5million transfer into Mr Roy Martin
Bank account to your claim your payment??
Name..Mr Roy Martin
ADDRESS..1121 Odena RD Sylacauga,AL - Florida 35150
CONTACT OUR DHL COMPANY OFFICER
Send Your Require information via Email Address ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
MR DAVID MORRIS.
Calling Number Tel.+229-68542895
Please you are advice to stop any communication with any person or
Body that you are currently paying money to due to transaction which
you have online with the person.Please let us know right now via email
or telephone your present dealing online, so we can help you verify
the authenticity of the transaction which you are presently involved
in, so you don't get scammed. Please also send the proof SCAMMED
VICTIM REF CODE:NO 06654 to avoiding deliver your package to wrong
person I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from
Mrs Joy DENIS
United Nation Representative.