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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:
- "i want to solicit your attention" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "trunk boxes" (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)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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: Capt Anthony John <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 04:30:33 +0100
Subject: US ARMY GREETINGS;
I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I found your
name listed in the Trade Center Chambers of Commerce directory here in
Iraq, I find it pleasurable to offer you my partnership in business. I
only pray this time that your address is still valid. I want to
solicit your attention to receive money on my behalf.
I am Capt. John Anthony, an officer in the US Army, i am one of the
U.S. Army deployed to Iraq in the beginning of the war in 20014, and
also a West Point Graduate presently serving in the Military with the
82nd Air Borne Division Peace keeping force in Baghdad, Iraq. I am on
the move to Afghanistan from Iraq as the last batch just left, and i
really need your help in assisting me with the safe keeping of two
military trunk boxes which has just arrived the USA from Iraq. I hope
you can be trusted?
Though, I would like to hold back certain information for security
reasons for now until you have found time to visit the BBC website
news below to enable you have insight regarding what I intend to share
with you, believing that it would be of your desired interest in one
way or the other. Here is a BBC news listing that confirms what I want
to share with you http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm.
In this regards, I will not hold back to say that the essence of this
letter is strictly for mutual benefit of you and I and nothing more. I
will be more vivid and coherent in my next email in this regards.
Meanwhile, could you send me a mail confirming you have visited the
site and understood my intentions? Am standing by for your urgent
response now that we are leaving Iraq to Afghanistan.
Capt Anthony John
US ARMY GREETINGS;
Office mail Address:Donaldcamp67@yahoo.com