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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:
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: " Mrs.jessica kirinec" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 10:54:25 +0100
Subject: Awaiting your reply
70 International Airport Road Mafoluku
Your ATM Card From United Bank Of Africa (UBA) was brought to us by a banker
which is ready to be shipped to your home address and below is the tracking
details http://www.fedex.com/tracking :Your Tracking Number is: 800277347645
All you have to do is to send $585usd for Delivery and being payment
representing our accreditation fee and your ATM Card will be delivered
to you within 24 hours.
I want to make it known to you that after you send this $585usd
charges there will be a smooth delivery and there won't be any extra
charges because every
MODALITIES would have being completed and dusted for the delivery .
Waiting to hear from you ASAP.