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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Anderson Denny <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 11:02:26 -0400
Subject: Job Offer UK Only
Thank you for the e-mail.
First of all, i want you to know that this is a part time job, even
though it could be permanent.
It however allows you the opportunity of pursuing other goals, and also
you can work from home.
Now let me put you through what exactly our company does.
We are a Cyprus based company we offer our
clients (both old and new) overseas and local/foreign company
what we require is you to serve between us and our clients in UK .
you will be working from your home, receiving files and documents from
our clients in UK that are requesting for our service.
These are what you need to get started.
All files and documents received from our clients by you will be packed
and well arranged, then we will instruct you on when to send the
documents to our office in CYPRUS Via post.
Maximum for per days job is 2 hours not at a stretch and you will be
earning 20 pounds for each job .
Kindly get back to us if you are still interested in the job