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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: PRESTIGE PARTS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 07:33:36 +0100
Subject: Parts Inquiry !!!!
I am Nate Reed,purchasing manager of PRESTIGE PARTS here in
Pennsylvania and we would like to know about the availability and the
pricing of the merchandise below and i would also like to know if you
accept Master and Visa Cards for payment.
FURUNO MARINE RADAR 1834C 48 NAUTICAL MILES
FURUNO MARINE RADAR 1832 48 NAUTICAL MILES
Garmin GPS 76cxS
Motorola CP200 PORTABLE RADIO UHF 16 Channel Radio
ICOM VHF BASE RADIO MODEL M304,
ICOM S.S.B RADIO MODEL 1C 710
OEM DETROIT DIESEL ENGINE PARTS
INJECTOR # 5228790
OEM CATERPILLAR PARTS
Genuine OEM Cummins Power Part
MAIN BEARING 4025125
CON BEARING 3047392
# 4089500 ring set
We expect your earliest response.