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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:
- "security keeping fee" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "cheque " (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- manager fedex delivery company. e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org please contact (Citromail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "MR. PETER FONTANES" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 11:00:14 -0700
Subject: Re: CONTACT FedEx Company RIGHT AWAY.
ATTENTION PLEASES MY DEAR.
I have paid the fee for your Cheque draft and i took it to the
FINANCIAL BANK PLC to confirm it, the Bank Manager MR BERNARD UGO told
me that before the Cheque will get to your destination it will expire
on the way and if it expired, it will become useless, so He advice me
to convert $8.5 Million (EIGHT MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US
DOLLARS) into cash and pack it into a two strong iron box, in which i
did and i deposited two box in FedEx DELIVERY COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC
to deliver it you and i did as he advised me because he is a Banker,
he knows the durability of any foreign Cheque or draft.
Indicated below are the details:
SHIPMENT CODE AWB 33XZSVDPACKAGE
REGISTERED CODE NO: XGT4YX42025
SECURITY CODE: SCTC/2015DHX/7608
TRANSACTION CODE: 2053/CSTC/2108/330828/
CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT CODE: SCTC/BUN/XXIVD/-78/01565
I deposited the package in FedEx Express Delivery Company as cotton
materials for security reasons. This is the registration Number of
your Package golrde/1252/mtm/1414, Zip Code; 0113838, so do not let
the company know the real contents of the package so that they will
deliver it for you safely. Remember you will only pay for the Security
Keeping fee of $250, nothing else.
I want you to contact the company immediately with the following
required information, i give them your information but you need to
reconfirm it for them again for security reasons.
1.YOUR FULL NAME______________
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS.______________
4.YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER._______________
5.YOUR CURRENT OFFICE TELEPHONE.______________
7.YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT____________________
All these things are needed from you now to summit to the company for
urgent delivery of your package containing $8.5 Million US Dollar.
Please contact the FedEx Company immediately and reconfirm your
information to them to enable their agent to locate you when he
arrives in your Country.
This is the Company contact information.
Mr. Pham Loweyer, Manager FedEx Delivery Company.
Please contact the company immediately you receive this email so that
your package will leave tonight immediately to deliver to you. Get
back to me as soon as you receive your package from the company.
National Coordinator of Foreign Payment.