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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "DANIEL COLE" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:44:41 +0100
Subject: PAYMENT OFFICER NEEDED !!
Dear Prospective Representative,
I am looking for someone to employ in the position of a Personal
Assistant for me part time or fulltime. I need someone who would attend
seminars and conferences all expense paid, receive and handle phone
calls. YOu would also receive and issue payments on my behalf as at when
due (Utility bills and allowances), These payments are in form of bank
checks,travellers check and they would be paid into your Bank Account or a designated
1. Receive payment and issue payments.
2. Receive and make phone calls
3. Receive and forward letters and documents.
4. Attend seminars and conferences, not mandatory. But there is extra
pay for attendance.
HOW MUCH YOU WILL EARN?
The pay is on contract basis. It depends on how much work and efficiency
with which you work.
The pay is very lucrative.
You do not have to leave your house unless there is a seminar or
conference to attend. And attending such comes with great reward and
If you are interested, please signify your interest by
sending your full name,address and phone number. I will be expecting to
hear from you as your utmost consent will be awaited.