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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:
- "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)
- 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: Ora Bank <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2023 04:22:03 -0700
Courage my dear, I know you will be waiting for the arrival of your
Consignment box contain the total amount of your (â¬7.5 million ) cash
payment compensation which was to sent to you and later return back
due to problem and other, I think there is a mistake on the process or
in the address given to me and it has cost me a lot of stress, but I
thank God that it return back safely. The only things now is your
urgent contact directly to (DHL DELIVERY SERVICE) this company are in
charge of deliver your funds worth the sum of (â¬7.5 million) to any
address of your choice. Again let me repeat.
Contact Person: Mr. Larry Corde (Director)
For the purpose of clarification, It is advice that the entire fee has
been paid for your delivery so it's probably â¬110 Euro that remains
that you will sent to their security office for the safe keeping fee
of your returning box so far. don't be misconceived by anybody to pay
more than â¬110 Euro, and be advised to reconfirm your address to them.
YOUR FULL NAME;;;;;;;;;
MOBIL PHONE NUMBER;;;
In addition to what i said earlier please don't dispose the content of
the box to them, avoid delay and finally endeavor to indicate this
CODE NÂ°(GL-14160) this code shows that you are the rightful owner of
the box deposited in their company, use it as your subject when
contacting them, thanks and have a nice day.
Mrs. Tchoungui Josiane