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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:
- "abuja" (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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. PETER MADU" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 02 Jan 2022 20:57:01 -0800
Subject: Delivery For Your ATM CARD
MUBARAK MUSE GUNAR HOUSE
PLOT 1279 MUHAMMAD BUKHARIN WAY
PMB 12537, GARIK 900001
ATTENTION : BENEFICIARY
CUSTOMERS SERVICE HOURS--MONDAY TO SATURDAY: OFFICE HOURS MONDAY TO SUNDAY:
THIS IS POST OFFICE DELIVERY COMPANY OF NIGERIA, THE MANAGEMENT OF THIS CO=
MPANY, WISHES TO INFORM YOU THAT, WE RECEIVED A CEL CONTAINING AN ATM MASTE=
R CARD VALUED $10.5MILLION USD WITH SOME VITAL DOCUMENTS ATTACHED ON IT, FO=
R SAFETY DELIVERY TO YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS IN YOUR COUNTRY. THIS IS (PAY=
MENT OFFICE ) I AM DIRECTED TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR PAYMENT VERIFICATION AN=
D CONFIRMATIONS IS OK.YOUR ATM CARD NUMBERS IS: 4848422551596784,
THIS PARCEL WAS BROUGHT TO US THIS MORNING BY UNITED BANK OF AFRICA(UBA),W=
ITH SOME INSTRUCTION FROM UNITED NATION AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND(IMF=
) WITH THE BELOW
INFORMATION, PLEASE RECONFIRM THE BELOW INFORMATION, TO AVOID DELIVERY YO=
UR ATM MASTER CARD TO A WRONG HAND.
PARCEL OWNER ADDRESS....
A COPY OF YOUR WORKING ID CARD
WE WILL REGISTER YOUR PACKAGE AND SEND YOU THE TRACKING NUMBERS BEFORE WE =
PROCEED FOR SAFETY DELIVERY OF YOUR PACKAGE AS SOON AS YOU RECONFIRM THE RE=
QUIRED INFORMATION FOR SAFETY DELIVERY. POST OFFICE IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S G=
REAT SUCCESS STORIES, THE START UP THAT REVOLUTIONIZED THE DELIVERY OF PACK=
AGES AND INFORMATION. IN THE PAST 30 YEARS, WE HAVE GROWN UP AND GROWN INTO=
A DIVERSE FAMILY OF POST
OFFICE THAT'S BIGGER, STRONGER, BETTER THAN EVER.I know that this mail migh=
t come to you as a surprise because we neither know each other nor have eve=
r met but please accept it with an open and positive
mind. Thanks for your time and expecting your response.Via:Email:officemai2=
MR PETER MADU.