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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 service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "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 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.
- 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: ATM Center Visacard <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2023 12:52:35 +0100
Subject: Your ATM Master Card
We are hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement
to pay you, your overdue winning prize/compensation fund, contract and
inheritance fund through (ATM card) this arrangement was
initiated/constituted by the World Bank due to fraudulent activities
going on around the world.
The World Bank,United nation including the Paris club introduced this
payment arrangement as to enable all beneficiaries to receive their
funds without any interference, this ATM Express Master Credit Card is
powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE.
Please note that what we shall send to you is an ATM master card which
is accepted at over 900,000 ATM centers in over 210 countries
worldwide,so you can access your fund in any ATM card stand/location
worldwide,the master card is already credited with the total sum of
$2,950.000.00usd (Two million nine hundred and fifty thousand dollars)
Please note that your withdrawal limit/maximum per day is Ten Thousand
United States Dollars (US$10,000.00) we have also concluded the
delivery arrangement with the below courier services companies and
their delivery time is stated below
Kindly provide me with the below details in your response to this
email and let me know which courier company you would want us to use
for the shipment of your ATM Card to you.
Understand that you will be liable for the delivery fee of your ATM
Master Express Card to you with any of the above courier companies.
In view of this you are advised to contact the director (UBA Bank, ATM
center) Mr.kelvincole,with your following information to enable him
process your card and also to register your ATM card with the
delivering courier of your choice to effect the shipment of your
Reconfirm the following information for security reasons.
1. Valid Delivery Address:
2. Full Names:
3. Phone Number:
Mr. Johnson Eze
Telephone +229 9436 7613
E-mail;( firstname.lastname@example.org )
free to call or text SMS
Office of the deputy Governor