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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:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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 steven sharma <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 14:01:08 +0100
Subject: Attention Dear Blessed Beneficiary
IRREVOCABLE COMPENSÂATION PAYMENT OF US$Â950,000.00 VIA ATM VISA CARD
We have actually beÂen authorized by the newly appointed MinÂister of
finance and the govÂerning body of the United Nations MonetaÂry Unit
to compensate 750 Beneficiaries for your losses in business,
properties, unpaid contract and inheritance during the Pandemic
We have arranged yoÂur payment to be paid to you through an ATM VISA
Card and this will be issued on your NaÂme and shall be postÂed
directly to your address via DHL or any courier services available in
your country. Upon your contact with us, the sum of US$950,000.00 will
be credited into the ATM Visa Card and this will enable you to
withdraw your funds in any ATM Machines in your country with a
minimÂum withdrawal of US$50Â00.00 per day. Your limit can be increase
to any amount upon your reÂquest.
In this regard, you are to contact and furnish the requested
information to the Directorate of InterÂnational Payment and Transfer
with the followings;
immediately as follows: (email@example.com)orTELL CELL +1-564-240-8239
1. Your Name:
2. Country :
3. Age and Sex:
4. Occupation :
5. Mobile Telephone:
6. Delivery Address:
7. Id Card IdentifiÂcation:
Sending delivery charge through Bitcoins or iTunes gift card $75 thatâs all
We required your urÂgent response to this email as directed to avoid
MR. Steven sharma