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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)
- "trunk box" (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)
- "trunk boxes" (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)
- "million dollars" (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)
- "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.
- 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: "Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 07:48:54 -0700
Subject: Dear Consignment Owner, (GOOD NEWS)
Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP)
28th February Road, Accra, Ghana
PAYMENT FILE NUMBER: A
Dear Consignment Owner,
This is to inform you that your courier service deliveryman has arrived with your consignment box valued at $10million dollars in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta Georgia, United States, as their transit. With all due respect, you really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing and be assured that you will receive your consignment box within 6hrs as soon you comply with the courier service deliveryman.
I know that you will receive this message as a surprise, but this is to clearly inform you that the courier service man by the name MR. BRIAN MOLEFE which we send to deliver your inheritance fund $10 million loaded in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg has successfully arrived in your country and he is at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta Georgia, the United States, he needs your attention to direct him to the nearest airport to your doorstep. Therefore you are advised to contact him right now to enable him to leave the airport as fast as he can to avoid the box not being tampered knowing that the papers covering the box are said to be carrying hospital equipment as he was equally told to. The Consignments like I said are metal trunk boxes weighing about 110kg (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm) effective Capacity: 680 L) Approximately, FYI: send him a text message to his phone number below in case he does not have access to check his
email at the airport.
CONTACT HIM WITH HIS DETAILS BELOW.
Name: MR.BRIAN MOLEFE
(FYI). Please call and make sure you SMS him at: +1 404-301-1084
(FYI). Please Email Him at: email@example.com
(FYI). PLEASE KINDLY NOTE THE BELOW IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DETAILS OF YOUR CONSIGNMENT BOX . . . . .
1. THE REGISTRATION NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MFCP/X00061/ACC/RA/GH
2. THE BATCH NUMBER OF THE BOX. . . . . . . . . . FMF/SGH/231/022
So contact him to deliver your package first thing tomorrow morning possibly today, So get back to us immediately you contact the Agent to make sure that your fund has got to you without any hitch,
Furthermore, remember the Agent delivering the package does not know the content of that consignment box is money because the Attorney which represented you registered it as hospital equipment for security purposes during the delivery, so under unknown circumstances should you let him know the content of that consignment Box is $10million to avoid loss of your fund as your consignment was Sign and Stamp by Supreme Court of Ghana to make sure that it is protected until it gets to you.
Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta
Chief Financial Officer
Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MFCP)