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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Jerry Allan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 15 May 2021 21:26:36 -0400
Subject: ATTENTION BENEFICIARY
United States Postal Service
421 8TH AVE
NEW YORK, NY 10001-9998
This Is United States Postal Service Delivery Company ,The management of t=
his company, wishes to inform you that, we received a parcel containing an =
ATM Master Card valued $10.5 million USD with some vital
documents attached on it, for safety delivery to your home address in your=
country, within' the next 48 hrs as soon as we hear back from you. This is=
(payment office ) I am directed to inform you that Your
payment verification and confirmations is OK.
This parcel was brought to us this morning by the ATM Card payment office/U=
nited Nation(U.N) as your inheritance approved fund to be delivered to your=
residential home address without any delay, so
kindly reconfirm the below information, to avoid delivery your ATM Master =
Card to a wrong hand.
Parcel owner address...........
Scan Copy of Your International Passport Or Driver's License. We will regis=
ter your package and send you the tracking numbers before we proceed for sa=
fety delivery of your package as soon as you reconfirm
the required information's for safety delivery, POST OFFICE is one of the =
world's great success stories, the start-up that revolutionized the deliver=
y of packages and information. In the past 30 years, we've
grown up and grown into a diverse family of companies as POST OFFICE that'=
s bigger, stronger, better than ever. Waiting to read your e-mail on this E=
mail ID Which is :
Mr Jerry Allan
From United States Postal Service New York City
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