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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:
- "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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- 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: John <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 18:36:55 +0100
Subject: Attention dear, your urgent reply is needed as soon as possible.
Attention dear, your urgent reply is needed as soon as possible.
Your cash consignment box from Coris Bank international worth of $4.5
million USD has been approved and was deposited to UPS delivery
company this morning for registration, and we agreed up that the
Delivery of Your $4.5 Million USD cash consignment box Package will
take off tomorrow morning. So contact Jack Lew Best via
e-mail:(firstname.lastname@example.org), Hangout or text: +1 (707) 6694396
with your full info where your consignment box will be delivered to
Your Full Name:
Your Nearest airport:
Your Direct Telephone Numbers:
Your Direct Office Phone Numbers:
Mobile Phone Number:
Your Current Home Address:
Your Office Address:
Your Current Occupation:
Your Next Of Kin Name:
Your Next Email Address:
Urgent get back to us today with your full address where your
consignment box Will be delivered to because i will not be in the
office next week: The amount in your consignment box is US$4.5 Million
and here is your Pin box code: (9106) after package it. Thanks for
your understanding as you follow instructions, we are waiting to
confirm from you that you have receive your consignment box.
Harry J. Curry
Yours in Services
From UPS courier delivery company