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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:
- 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:
- "the 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)
- "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)
- "million 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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Christopher A wray" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2021 12:14:07 -0800
Subject: YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED!!
you are still (ALIVE) you are advice in your own best interest to
reply back, The only money you will pay to our office here is just $75
for the paper works,
Take note of this now, so we can stop further communication with Mr
Jude Betsy once we hear from you, that you still alive and deliver the
(Consignment Box) to your door step being the original benefactor of
the $15.5 Million US Dollars. Be the reassurance that once we hear
from you with this payment information of $75, I promise that your
delivery will be takes place and commence immediately without any
further delay to hand over the consignment box to your destination
home address and do not miss this Good opportunity that you have to
receive the consignment box at last for the pass effort that you are
trying to get it receive to your home address this is an opportunity
for you don't miss it, is for you.
Beside if you fail to comply with the needed $75 Dollars required from
you, there is no way we can deliver the consignment box to your
country, Looking forward to hear from you if you are still ALIVE,
reply back for fast action with the fee so that your delivery will
commence upon receipt of your payment delivery. And don't forget to
buy any of the listed Card iTunes card / eBay Card. $75 Or Steam
Wallet card that worth $75 and attach the copy if you cannot be able
to attach just send us only the card pin Number, OK.
Mr. Christopher A wray (F.B.I Director)
Make sure you send your full information and your office number