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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: "Black Voices Fabrics"<email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 03:50:12 +0100
Subject: Re:Vacancies (Part Time Job)
I am Fred Bush, the Human Resources Manager for Black Voices Fabrics. We are a group of business oriented people who deal primarily in textile manufacturing. Do you Need An Online accounts receivable job?
If you are interested to work online from Home/Temporarily and get paid weekly? We are glad to offer you a job position in our company,We need someone to work for the company as a Representative/Book keeper.
Please Respond to this Email with your physical address and also your daytime telephone number for me to sign you up, and I would get back to you with more info.