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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:
- ",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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- 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: "Mr. Anthony Beneto" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:07:09 +0200
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,
Greetings to you and your family. My name is Mr.Anthony Beneto, From
Benin Republic West Africa. I received an ATM CARD what amount of
$17,500,000.00 Dollars according to the envelope package with an ATM
CARD from Mrs. Belomica Ethien, Before she travel to America.
Meanwhile, She instructed me to delivered the ATM CARD to you
immediately you contacted me in requesting of the ATM CARD. Now that
Mrs. Belomica Ethien handed over your parcel to me to delivered to you
as her compensation gift from her donation funds regarding your past
effort to her. And now I did not have your complete address to reach
you in person and the ATM CARD are in my possession.
Moreover, I would like you to provide me your full details as I do
requested below here to enable me make inquiry on how to sent you the
ATM CARD to your door post address or if possible you may comedown
here and pick up the card to yourself that will be more kind of
you.But if there is one thing and other that will make you not to come
down here and pick the card to yourself. Then I would like you to
furnish me with your full details as it was required below here for
further inquiries on how to delivered the card to you.
Your full name:..
Your home address:..
Your country of origin:..
Your private telephone Number:..
Your id card or one of your picture if possible:..
Note that this detail are important for the safety of your ATM
delivery CARD and l be looking forward to received your details for
proper inquiry on how to delivered your ATM CARD to you through any
delivery office from here to your designation country . and your
immediate response will permit me to complete this delivery process to
you from here without any further delay.
Here is the Mr.Anthonyâs contact:
MR Anthony Beneto.
contact: Number, +229 694 608 55