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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:
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "DHL COURIER EXPRESS" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 17:35:20 -0700
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD IS READY FOR COLLECTION
DHL COURIER EXPRESS SHIPMENT
INTERNATIONAL LTD- 63 ADETOKUNBO
ADEMOLA CRESCENT, WUSE ZONE 2,
TEL: +234 80 242 667 29
INSTRUCTIONS TO RELEASE YOUR FUND WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
This is to notify you that UNITED BANK OF AFRICA (UBA), UNITED STATE
AMBASSADOR to Nigeria in collaboration with UNITED NATION SECRETARY
GENERAL has released your outstanding compensation payment of two
hundred and fifty thousand dollars which was suspended. A parcel
contained an ATM CARD worth $250,000,00 will be delivered to your
door step within the next 48hrs.
We have delivered to below beneficiaries, track to confirm.
kindly Reconfirm below information for the shipment of your parcel to commence:
Your Full Name:......
Your Delivery Address:..........
Your handset Phone Number:..............
We wish to inform that you will pay for only 24 hours delivery fee of
$102 to enable us issue your shipping details for you to track and
monitor your parcel.
NOTICE: Please help us to serve you better, do not entertain any any
kind of fear or doubt because we are here to make sure that you
receive your atm card.
Mr.Goddwin F Donald
Parcel Delivery Officer
DHL COURIER EXPRESS.
Tel: +234 80 242 667 29 CALL OR SEND SMS TO ME FOR FAST AND EASY COMMUNICATION.