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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mercedes-Benz <info@MercedesBenz.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 07:08:37 +0800
In a bid to ease the living conditions of our fans/customers all over
in this dark period of economic crunch Where many companies are closing and
families have lost their homes and means of live-hood. You have to play this
game alone if you win you send your answers and you we make payment for the
document process of your claims. Please if you are not ready to process your
claims do not reply to this message.
Mercedes-Benz.de in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz.co.UK and NL sends you this
mail with the aim of giving you the opportunity of becoming a proud
of the 2010 charity promotions with a cash sum of 850,000:00GBP (Eight Hundred
and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds ) by being part of our online quiz
If you have never had a Mercedes-Benz, this is your chance to benefit from our
company while if you have had any of our products this is your opportunity of
enjoying some of our benefits apart from the comfort ability and
our products. Just answer the simple questions asked below.
MERCEDES-BENZ TEST QUESTIONS
1, Which of these is manufactured by
(A), X5 (B), SLR MCLAREN (C), Z4
2, Emil Jellinek named a special car made for him after the name of
his 10 year old daughter, what was her name?
(A), FIONA (B), BENZ (C), MERCEDES
3, Name two cars that Mercedes-Benz Manufactured.
(A), X5 & E-CLASS (B), Z4 & K-CLASS
(C), M-CLASS & C-CLASS
There are other Mercedes-Benz cash consolation prizes for candidates who may
fall short of the answers. Send your answers along with your full data: name,
sex, Phone Number, country and occupation to this email address bellow:
NAME: Mr Paker Leo
Yours Sincerely, and Good Luck,
Stratford Homes (Chief Monitoring Officer)
This Promotion is endorsed and licensed by
The Mercedes-Benz Company.
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