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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "insurance 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. )
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Bobbie Hunt <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2021 06:44:13 -0700
This is to inform you that we have tried calling you several times on the
telephone number you forwarded to us, but couldnât get hold of you. Well,
we wish to inform you that we are still expecting to hear from you based on
the required insurance and delivery charges to enable us to dispatch your
ATM card to you immediately.
Be informed that we have only three working days to dispatch your ATM card
to you as instructed by the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria, so I
advise you to hurry up and offset the charges. Moreover, it is compulsory
that we must have to insure your ATM card before delivery, because we donât
want to bear the responsibility of any lost of ATM cards as we must have to
insure it by Nicon Insurance Corporation here in Nigeria before delivery
will be made and it is also necessary that you have to provide the shipment
fee through FedEx Courier Service it is our method in which we have been
In receipt of your payment, we will ship your ATM card to you and also send
to you via e-mail attachment the FedEx delivery receipt with the tracking
number that will enable you to track it through the FedEx website to verify
when your ATM card will arrive at your designated address as you have
forwarded to us.
Lastly, you can verify by tracking through the FedEx website www.FedEx.com
<http://www.fedex.com/> of our London UK beneficiaries that have received
their own ATM cards package today. You can track it to verify by yourself
as to clarify you properly. Below are the tracking numbers.
In view of the development, you are requested to immediately offset the
insurance fee of US$95 and delivery charges of US$120 for FedEx delivery.
be informed that immediately we receive the insurance and delivery fee, we
will send to you the shipment receipt and the tracking number to enable you
track your ATM card online to know when it will arrive at your designated
Below is our dispatch man information on how to send the insurance and
delivery fee through WORLD REMIT money transfer only.
Receiver's Name:......OFILI MARK
PHONE NUMBER ......+2348028228546.
Reference. . . .
Sender's Name. . .
Sender's Address. . .
Sender's Telephone number:......
Send the reference number to this office immediately you are through to
enable our dispatch man to pick it up. And also inform this office your
preferable time of visitation for the signing of the certificate when the
dispatcher arrives at your place. As you know that the delivery fee receipt
will be used to attach on your payment delivery documents to avoid being
delayed by the customs.
Treat very urgently as we also remind you again that your ATM card is ready
and we have only three working days to dispatch your ATM card. Please
confirm the receipt of this mail and get back to this office accordingly.
Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you.
Mr. Bobbie Hunt
Director Swift card consultant