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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:
- "courier company" (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.
- 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: Courier Company <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 18:14:18 -0700
Subject: Courier Company
Your ATM card VISA has been registered this morning for delivery the
total amount of $3.7Million dollar in accordance with the Organization
of the United Nations ONLINE SCAM COMPENSATION SCHEME 2021 All you
have to do now is to give the Corporation your complete information
for the swift and safe delivering of the package for you.I would also
like to inform you that you will take the responsibility of the
delivery fee of $195sd.
Your home address can only be place on here once the needed delivering
fee is paid: track it, https://www.dexlogs.com/enter
Your tracking code number: 1655195924
THE LAST DeLIVERING WE MADE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS,
Use this link to track it,
1 Tracking number;2164899365
2 Tracking number;5672193472
3 Tracking number;6186071382
4 Tracking number;3084639084
Mobile phone number
Current home address
Fedex Express Â®Courier Company.