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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "u.k " (this email uses bad English)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- +448713159823 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "THE Beaufort Hotel" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:07:02 +0530
Subject: THE Beaufort Hotel
THE Beaufort Hotel
Head office in UK
Address: 33 Beaufort Gardens, London SW3 1PP, United Kingdom
Vacancies / employment
>From the Beaufort Hotel management . This is to inform you that the
management of Beaufort Hotel London are in need of workers whom employment
will be granted to work with us for 1-5 years or more if possible.
The Beaufort Hotel management are in charge to take care of your
Accommodation & flight tickets . Also to exercise perfectly on your visa
processing towards the U.K skilled worker eligible visas.
If you are interested to work in this hotel with us , Kindly write to us
back soon at : firstname.lastname@example.org
For more inquiry you can Fax us on: +448713159823.