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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:
- "fund beneficiary" (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)
- "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: POST OFFICE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2023 01:09:06 -0700
Subject: THE HEAD POST OFFICE KINDLY REPLY IMMEDIATELY CODE (601)
MUBARAK MUSE GUNAR HOUSE PLOT
1279 MUHAMMAD BUKHARIN WAY PMB
12537,GARIK 900001 ABUJA.NIGERIA
CUSTOMERS SERVICE HOURS-MONDAY TO
SATURDAY OFFICE HOURS MONDAY TO SUNDAY
ATTENTION, FUND BENEFICIARY,
CUSTOMERS SERVICE HOURS--MONDAY TO SATURDAY: OFFICE HOURS MONDAY TO
SUNDAY: THIS IS POST OFFICE DELIVERY COMPANY OF NIGERIA.THE MANAGEMENT
OF THIS COMPANY, WISHES TO INFORM YOU THAT, WE RECEIVED A CEL
CONTAINING AN ATM MASTER CARD VALUED $10.5 MILLION USD WITH SOME VITAL
DOCUMENTS ATTACHED ON IT, FOR SAFETY DELIVERY TO YOUR RESIDENTIAL
ADDRESS IN YOUR COUNTRY.THIS IS (PAYMENT OFFICE ) I AM DIRECTED TO
INFORM YOU THAT YOUR PAYMENT VERIFICATION AND CONFIRMATIONS IS.YOUR
ATM CARD NUMBERS IS: 4848422551596784, THIS PARCEL WAS BROUGHT TO US
THIS MORNING BY UNITED BANK OF AFRICA (UBA) ,WITH SOME INSTRUCTION
FROM UNITED NATION AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND(IMF) WITH THE BELOW
INFORMATION'S,PLEASE RECONFIRM THE BELOW INFORMATION, TO AVOID
DELIVERY YOUR ATM MASTER CARD TO A WRONG HAND.
PARCEL OWNER ADDRESS....
TEL Phone Number....
A COPY OF YOUR WORKING ID CARD
WE WILL REGISTER YOUR PACKAGE AND SEND YOU THE TRACKING NUMBERS BEFORE
WE PROCEED FOR SAFETY DELIVERY OF YOUR PACKAGE AS SOON AS YOU
RECONFIRM THE REQUIRED INFORMATION'S FOR SAFETY DELIVERY.POST OFFICE
IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT SUCCESS STORIES,THE START UP THAT
REVOLUTIONIZED THE DELIVERY OF PACKAGES AND INFORMATION.IN THE PAST 30
YEARS, WE HAVE GROWN UP AND GROWN INTO A DIVERSE FAMILY OF POST OFFICE
THAT'S BIGGER, STRONGER,BETTER THAN EVER.
MR CHRIS OBI
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