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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)
- "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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (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 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "HELEN G. RAYMOND" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 12:30:12 -0700
Subject: Attn Dear Beneficiary; Your Abandoned Package For Delivery
MG Timothy J. Lowenberg,Adjutant General
and Director State Military Department Washington Military Dept.
Bldg1 Camp Murry ,Wash 98430-5000 USA
This is Mrs. HELEN G. RAYMOND Financial Director of us. homeland
we know that you have not received Your fund from the security department!
we have finally cash your abandoned long-lost check confirming to be your won
compensation funds and we decided to boxed the money for avoiding expiry of the
check because it has stayed long in our custody searching for the
contact to reach you,
after our investigation we discovered that the money is not an illegal payment,
The fund values the sum of $10,500,000.00 united state dollars.
So kindly reconfirm your full details as instructed below!!!
1. Your Full name...............
2. Your Phone number...................
3. Your Current home address............
4. Your Occupation..................
5. Your Nearest Airport................
6. Your Id Copy................
I wait for your urgent and positive respond is highly needed to avoid
You can call Mr. David Green a director of overseas Payment of the
presidency office who is in charge to give instruction approval to
releasing the boxed-money consignment to me for onward delivering it
You are advice to text Mr. Ken F. Chuna with this numbers because he
is the agent whom can deliver your package to your door step,+1 (315)
Mrs. HELEN G. RAYMOND
Financial Director of us. homeland security department.