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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.
- 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: "Mr. Francis from" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2023 05:52:30 -0800
Subject: [*******SPAM*******] Note: that you are required to pay the
Shipment/Security Keeping Fee which will cost you the sum of US$380.00.
Hello I am Mr. Francis from FedEx delivery company Belgium,A Package that contains fund was deposited in our company over 9months by Mr martin been the Minister Of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration here in Belgium, A delivery agent called Mr. Richard Louis from CDC(Courier Delivery Company)with the package that contains fund US$16,500.000.00 (Sixteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) and he submitted the package to Mr martin's office on his arrival for safekeeping and later his body was found dead in a ghastly auto crash in the city. Therefore Mr Martin,who is the Minister Of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration here in Belgium sent the package to our company FedEx to help and locate the owner via diplomatic services because there is no other way to locate the owner in regards to the package.
Furthermore, reconfirm the information if you are the rightful owner of the fund because, the information we have about the owner is the name & email address etc that the agent wrote somewhere in the document attached to the package and that's why we decided to contact you in respect of this to know if you are the rightful owner of the fund
Email: (email@example.com) and WhatsApp me, get back to me in the email above and chat With me on WhatsApp with this (+32 460 245 356)
N/B, If you're the right person,send a Copy of any of your governmental ID,such as international passport or driver's license etc to confirm that you are the right person.