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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:
- "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)
- "trunk box" (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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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)
Fraud email example:
From: Marsh Arce <email@example.com>
Date: 16 Aug 2021 19:50:45 +0000
Subject: Re: Hi, I await your response
Hello Good Friend
I have very vital information to share with you, and all I am asking for is your trust. I also want you to know that, this may cause me my job if words get out that I gave this information out. So for this I need somebody that I can trust.
My name is Marsh Arce, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operations, Maintenance, Transportation) at Los Angeles International Airport - L.A.X,USA. During my recent withheld package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault last year December 2020, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from Australia and when scanned, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 320kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as "MONEY" rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges of $5,700.00.
The trunk has since been deposited with a bank after report confirmed, the death of the diplomat, whom report says, he died from Covid-19 complications. So the reason I am contacting you, is for you to work with me and act as his next of kin, because you both share the same last name. I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $5,700.00 and arrange for you, documents in which you will present to the bank. On completion, the bank will hand over all the money to you by transferring it to your bank account but you have to assure me, once you receive the funds, it will be share equaly.
I wait to hear from you urgently and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal strictly confidential. please get back to me via my private Email:( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further directives.