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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)
- 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: "Mr. James F. Morbs" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2021 18:40:08 -0700
Subject: U.S FEDEX DELIVERY COMPANY CALIFORNIA.
U.S FEDEX DELIVERY COMPANY CALIFORNIA.
FEDEX OFFICE PRINT & SHIP CENTER
IMPRIMEUR TAQUERIA LA PLAZA
1801 STUTTER ST #100
AGENT JAMES FREEMAN MORBS
I acknowledge receipt of your email so without wasting much time; I have to
introduce myself to you this is last warning . I am Mr. James F. Morbs, U.s
citizen working under FEDEX COMPANY Permanent Representative of the U.S FEDEX
WORKER for American as whole. We did received some letter from FBI 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 to make sure that the files of your package box are being looked into and
also check out,. And that was when we actually found out that your package box
contains the sum of $36.7million had not been deliver to your doorstep.
To that effect we the FEDEX DELIVERY COMPANY here in U.S CALIFORNIA decided
to help beneficiary's to deliver the sum of $36.7million to your home address
without wasting anytime, You don't have to pay any other charge/fees apart from
the courier charges here in USA , I want you to bear in mind that we are only
trying to help you because I believe that you have been ruining with the wrong
people for a longtime now and yet you have not receive your package box and note
that arrangement of this consignment box have been issue Us custom and
FBI advice us to secure all property in this FEDEX DELIVERY COMPANY ,
I also want to inform you that we have secure all documents to help you receive
your FUNDS PACKAGE BOX without any other delays, so you don't have anything to
worry about. So to enable us dispatch your package via the above stated express
channels for delivery system kindly purchase $75.00 Steam Wallet Card
delivery, therefore we urgent you to got the $75.00 Steam Wallet Card
as soon as
possible to avoid more increase of your delivery charge, which also
serve as the
courier charge, for the delivery charges of your parcel. Note that all
delivery should be made via Steam Wallet Gift Card and be advice to
send the Card
to our email as to enable USA FEDEX company CALIFORNIA deliver to you
I advise that you try your possible best to come up with the $75.00
Gift Card as soon as possible so that your parcel can leave for dispatch before
12hours according to the agreement paper, Hope you understand? And on
of your payment confirmation email, your package will be set for delivery which
you will receive within 12hours.We sincerely hope the above
information is helpful
to you, should you have any further queries do not hesitate to write
to us. Please
make sure you furnish us with your current delivery address to enable
because once we confirm the payment is received we will deliver within 12 hours
from this California. Kindly get back to us and also with the
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.
Mr. James F. Morbs