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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:
- "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)
- "hundred thousand us 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 fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
- 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: "Mrs.Cindy Martin" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 05:54:18 -0700
Subject: CONTACT DHL DISPATCH DELIVERY MANAGER IMMEDIATELY
Good News Beneficiary
With utmost felicitation, We are pleased to announce to you the
official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic Online
Sweepstakes Organized by MasterCard IncÂ®, in conjunction with the
foundation for the promotion of MasterCard/Visa Card products(F.P.S),
the Credit Card Lottery Promo held on Sep 2021, we wish to
congratulate you for being among the twelve (12) lucky winners in the
on-going online promo, where you (through an electronic e-mail
database random selection) emerged as one of the twelve lucky(12)
winners. Hence we do believe with your prize, you will continue to be
active in using MasterCard/Visa Card products, you have been approved
by MasterCard/Visa Card International to receive a credited MasterCard
with the sum of $5,800, 000.00 (Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand US
Dollars), with the MasterCard No. 5283 0421 0025 3621 and With Reg.
No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178.
Therefore we have registered your package via Dhl Express this morning
and we agreed up that the delivery of your $5.8M ATM CARD consignment
Box will take off tomorrow morning. So contact them with your full
info. Where your fund will be deliver to you.
(1) Full names: --------------------
(2) Phone line: --------------------------
(3) Country of origin: --------------------------
(4) Age: ------------------------------
(5) Occupation: -----------------------------
(6)Home address: -----------------------------
Contact Mr.Jerry Bright