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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 company representative scam. This type of job offer scam involves the cashing of fake checks and money orders. It could expose you to losses of tens of thousands of dollars as well as to the risk of criminal prosecution and (in some cases) imprisonment.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Melinda Goos" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2011 13:08:20 +0800
Subject: Palmhive Technical (Representative)
Palmhive Technical Textiles Limited
NTG House, Willow Road,
Lenton, Nottingham. NG7 2TA. ENGLAND
Tel: +44(0)115 970 7900
Fax: +44(0)115 970 7999
Palmhive Technical Textiles Limited Introduce a position of the manager (Representative) for the payment from the customers and other financial means. We need a book-keeper in the USA, so we want to know if you will like to work online from home and get paid weekly without leaving or it affecting your present job.
The company deals in the sale of Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Lutyens and Rennie Mackintosh, and is ideally suited to most forms of upholstered furniture, antique, classical and contemporary design exhibition. Palmhive Technical Textiles Limited has established an enviable reputation for manufacturing tradition of horsehair weaving and we have clients we supply weekly in the United States.
We have been receiving orders from United States. Which we have not been able to process competently and completely since we do not have a payment receiving personnel in States. We have decided to recruit payment officers online hence we will need a Representative/Bookkeeper to process our payments in the United States. - Due to delays in processing payments from the USA in London UK.
WHAT WE OFFER: Two hours/day at your choice, daytime or evening time.
WORK AT HOME: Checking e-mail and going to the bank Part time or full time.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: No selling involved, no kit to buy, we won't charge you anything.
MONTHLY SALARY: Minimum of $500 every week to a total of $2000 per month AND also the total amount you make in a month depends on how often you receive payments from out Clients, which can be twice a week or more, and also pay you $2 per day for checking your email.
COMMISSION: 10% of every money order/check that is cashed instantly"cash inhand"or "cash on counter" is what you get from the total cashed amount.
MORE EXPLANATION ABOUT THE JOB: If you receive a check of $5,000.00 from our clients or costumers in the USA, you would cash the check in your bank and then take 10% which is $500, from it and then send the rest of the funds from it to anywhere in the world where the company delegates would be at that time.
OTHER FEES: All the cost for the transfer of the money to any location in the world where the Palmhive Technical Textiles Limited delegate would be deducted from the total funds left with you after you have deducted your Commission, which is 10% of any amount you cash and then you send the remainder of the funds as you shall be instructed.
IMPORTANT: You must be over 19 years of age, U.S,CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP AND ALSO WE WELCOME OTHER CITIZENSHIP OUTSIDE THE TWO LISTED ABOVE, SO FAR YOU HAVE A WAY TO GET THE FUNDS CASHED FOR US AND ALSO YOU STAY FULL TIME IN USA OR CANADA. If you meet these conditions please get back to us to receive a Representative Contract agreement and make sure you fill the form below;
* Your Full Name ~
* Your Full Mailing Address ~
* Telephone number/Fax ~
* Sex ~
* Age ~
* Current Job
Note: We will never ask you for anything more than that which we have stated above. No bank names, No bank account number, routing number, credit card, passwords, SSN# etc. If anyone asks for those on our behalf please do not give out this info. This is to ensure your security and non involvement in cases of Identity theft.
You can get back to us through this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly send resumes (if available) directly to: email@example.com
Acting Branch Manager
PalmHive Technical Textiles