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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "MANAGEMENT" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:36:10 -0300
Subject: I REGISTER YOUR ATM CARD WITH DHL.
In regards to your financial benefits from the Amancio Ortega Foundation valued the sum of (?? 1,000.000.00- One Million Euros) which is in our custody, Just a short note to inform you that we have issued an ATM Card in your name which you will use the ATM card to withdraw your money.
In regards to your ATM Card delivery, We register your ATM Card with DHL Courier Service, below is the tracking number:
tracking number: 261231391
But the tracking number will not work until the ATM Card leaves, that is after we get the ATM Card insured before DHL will carry on with the delivery, To obtain the insurance certificate with all the paperwork needed to complete the delivery to your home address will cost you the sum of $ 300 US Dollars.
I'm doing my best to make sure that your ATM Card leave today, Is just that the DHL Courier Service required that I get the ATM Card insured before they will carry on with the delivery because without the insurance certificate they will not proceed with the delivery, This is the problem we are having right now, I did not sit down doing anything, Im working on the insurance of your ATM Card and I was told it will cost the sum of $ 300 US Dollars to get the ATM Card insured because the Card contains money, This is the reason why you should not receive your ATM Card, I will advise you to send the $ 300 US Dollars today so that we will get your ATM Card insured and the tracking number above will start working immediately.
I will make sure your ATM Card leaves this night to your home address if you are able to send the $ 300 US Dollars on time.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Bbva @ active
COO / Director International payment.