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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:
- "clearance permit" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "DAVID MOGAN" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 05:32:21 -0700
Subject: RE: I FOUND YOUR ABANDONED SHIPMENT HERE IN MIAMI AIRPORT FL
Operations, Maintenance and Transportation officer.
Miami International Airport 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami
FL 33126, United States.
My name is David Mogan, I work in a storage facility here in Miami International Airport FL United States as a stock keeper. If you don't mind, I wish to share classified information with you which will be of great help to both of us. Before I proceed, I must seek your utmost discretion about this vital information that will change our lives forever. The reason I call this a "classified information" is because any mistake with regards to this information is capable of kicking me out of job but if well managed, We will be rich forever so i need to know if I can trust you enough to reveal this secret to you.
It all happened this morning during my usual routine check here in storage facility i discovered an abandoned shipment from London belonging to you, A scan receipt tagged on the consignment box revealed an undisclosed huge amount of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110LBS ( astrological sign ) With TAG RBT-45C as your consignment code number.
Reading through the file found next to the consignment clearly shows your consignment was abandoned because the Content of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as "MONEY" rather it was declared as personal effects to avoid interrogation/security purpose also the inability of the diplomat to pay for International consignment delivery permit ( I.C.D.P) of $15,650 and the United States Non-Inspection clearance Charges of $3,700USD totaling $19,350. Currently, Your consignment is still here in our storage facility waiting to be approved and cleared for final delivery to you. I write to you today because your email is the ONLY contact information on this consignment. I will send to you some official legal receipts found with your consignment which I believe was issued from the United Nation office in Geneva.
However, to make my final clarification in regards to your delivery, I advise you to reconfirm your current details for a speedy verification/ delivery of your consignment to your current address. Once that is done, I will proceed to the clearance department to personally clear your consignment and proceed to your address for delivery.
KINDLY RE-CONFIRM THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR DELIVERY.
(1) YOUR NAMES: _________
(2) DELIVERY ADDRESS: ______
(3) TELEPHONE NUMBER:______
(4) NEAREST AIRPORT: ______
VERY IMPORTANT, Be informed the reason i personally contact you regarding this abandoned consignment is because I want us to transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me since the consignment is still valid and not returned back to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned for a very long time. As soon as i have confirmation from you, I will personally get $20,000 loan to pay off the International consignment delivery permit ( I.C.D.P) plus the United States Non-Inspection Clearance permit of $3,700 then arrange for the box to be delivered to your address or I can bring it myself to avoid any more troubles but first, You must assure me of my 30% share before i proceed. I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still available and ready to proceed. I will appreciate it if we keep this deal confidential for security reasons.
KINDLY REPLY TO THE BELOW CONTACT FOR MORE DETAILS.
CONTACT PERSON: David Mogan
Kindly disregard any email without this reference number ( TAG RBT-45C ) Please ensure you always include this reference code in all our communication.
Chief Inspection Officer