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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:
- "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)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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: "Mr. jackson david" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 17:52:08 +0100
Subject: Attention. Beneficiary
This is to inform you that arrangements have been concluded in respect
to shipment of your consignment/funds Worth the sum of
$10.9Millions United States Dollars, to you. I choose to
conclude shipment to ensure it is lifted before contacting you. This
process is the Airlifting consignment will be deliver to by Diplomatic
Agent. Wham's already in your Country looking forward to here from you
as well. I found out that this consignment has been lying here because
you could not settle the cost for shipment fees. This is why I decided
to use my Position as the Shipment officer in charge of this
Organization to convey this consignment to your Country. (In Our
Warehouse there are lots of abandoned consignments
Direct phone number__
Acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail immediately. And contact Mr.
Edward Kevin, with your full details to enable him deliver the
consignment to you as soon as possible, I also want to inform you that
the United States Federal Government and IMF in concluded the FBI,
Signed the arrangement together. does not involve any of the people
you were dealing with in the past because this consignment/Payment has
been surrendered to the Government. Hence my involvement.
You will only pay the delivery fee of $100.00 dollars.
This is your registration code (DHJKT00678G)
Contact this person: Mr. Edward Kevin,
contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
call or text +1(8067302620)
Mr. Jackson David