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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.
- 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: LOUSE DEJOY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 12:36:56 -0700
Subject: Re: Scam Victims Settlement Compensation.
RE: This is the last warning
I have to introduce myself to you. This is the last warning. I am U.S
citizen working under DHL COMPANY Permanent Representative of the USA
DHL WORKER for American as whole. We did received some letter from FBI
and Interpol office in USA here, that your Award beneficiaries, that
some so called claims coordinators has been extorting money from
beneficiary's before they will agree to sign the funds release and
make the funds available to you due, to that regards a meeting was
held on the 28th of August to make sure that the files of your ATM
Master Card packages are being looked into and also check out, And
that was when we actually found out that your package contains the sum
of $2.5million had not been deliver to your doorstep .
To that effect we the DHL COMPANY decided to help beneficiary's to
deliver the sum of $2.5million to your home address without wasting
anytime, You don't have to pay any other charge/fees apart from the
courier charge, I want you to bear in mind that we are only trying to
help you because I believe that you have been running with the wrong
people for a longtime now and yet you have not receive your package
and note that arrangement of this ATM Master Card package have been
issue US custom and FBI advice us to secure all property in this DHL
I also want to inform you that we have secured all documents to help
you receive your FUNDS PACKAGE without any other delays, you don't
have anything to worry about attach is tracking number registered with
your email address to avoid internet fraud not to view the online
delivery, to avoid any complications.
Once again the lists of package content are:
1. ORIGINAL COPY OF INSURANCE BOND
2. USA DHL EXPRESS COMPANY CHICAGO IL INVITATION LETTER
3. CERTIFICATE OF CLEAR SOURCE OF FUNDS ORIGIN (Issued by Internal
To enable us dispatch your package via the above stated express
channels for delivery system kindly see below for the charges required
for delivery, therefore we urgent you to make the payment of $100
Dollars as soon as possible to avoid more increase of your delivery
charge, which also serve as the courier charge, We are sending to you
instruction on how to make your payment for the delivery charges of
your parcel. Please note that all payment for delivery should be made
via gift cards.
I advise that you try your possible best to come up with the payment
as soon as possible so that your parcel can leave for dispatch before
12hours according to the agreement paper, Hope you understand? And on
the receipt of your payment confirmation email, your package will be
set for dispatch which you will receive within 12hours. We sincerely
hope the above information is helpful to you, further queries do not
hesitate to write to us. Please make sure you furnish us with your
current delivery address to enable us to confirm the address we had
Kindly get back to us and also with the requested information. I am
going to help you complete this transaction if you want us to proceed
on this matter with urgent don't fail to send the courier charge
today, kindly open attach for tracking number registered to your email
address to avoid viewing from internet hacker, failing to login to the
attach tracking link. You won't be able to view the online tracking,
take note to avoid more complication dearest customer.
Managing Director. DHL Express International.