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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:
- "million 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)
- 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.
- 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)
- +1(504) 814-2649 call/text tel: +234 7025329777 email:email@example.com email firstname.lastname@example.org thanks mr.james k udo welcome to (Seznam; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.James K Udo" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2021 23:55:41 -0700
Subject: Attention My Dear
Attention My Dear
Welcome to Ups Express Courier Home Delivery Company, we are very
to be at your service. You have a ATM card worth $13.5 million dollars
in our office which was sent to you by Federal Ministry Of Finance World
Compensation (FMF) USA, you are required to summit the following
details listed below to our office via e-mail so that your package will
delivered to you at your door step within 24hours without any delay or
stoppage from anybody.
4.) Phone Nb:
Thanks for your kind understanding, hope to hear from your soon, God
Best Regards, Mr. David Abney ups Senior Delivery Officer Official
TelephoneNumber: +1(504) 814-2649 call/Text
Tel: +234 7025329777
Mr.James K Udo
Welcome to Ups Express Courier