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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "the 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)
- "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)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Kyle Robert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 21 Jul 2021 21:50:16 +0200
Subject: Your quick response will help us a lot....
I'm Mr. Kyle Robert, from the Speedy-postplus Courier Service. We wish to urgently confirm from you if actually you know one Mr. Roy Michel who claims to be your business associate/partner. Kindly reconfirm this application put in by Mr. Roy Michel - He submitted the under listed Name and Address information supposedly sent by you to receive your Parcel on your behalf.
Account Name: Mr. Roy Michel
Address: 2359 chemin Victor-Beauchemin St-Faustin Lac Carre Quйbec, Canada J0T 1J2
The said Mr. Roy Michel has claimed to this office that you died on a motor accident and have Instructed that all relevant documentation/Information regarding your parcel, be changed to he's as the beneficiary of the consignment box,I need to confirm from you if it's really true that you are dead as made mention by your Associate.
You should note that, if we do not hear from you in the next 48 hours, we automatically assume that you are actually dead and the information passed to us by Mr. Roy Michel is correct. Hence, you are hereby requested to reply this Email immediately for confirmation.
Your quick response will help us a lot.
Mr. Kyle Robert