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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Gregory Euclide" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:27:48 -0600
Subject: I need a personal assistant.
My Name is Gregory Euclide, A United States citizen who resides in
Chester, PA. I am an art gallery owner, and at this time of the
year, its exceedingly a busy time for me, and I find myself constantly
travelling out of the Country for exhibitions, auctions, deliveries et
all as such that I sort the services of a Personal Assistant to handle my
business errands for the time being.
I do not require that you resume to an office, leave your current
employment or evacuate your convenience. Wherever you reside
In the United States does not affect your application for this position.
I am looking for someone that can handle my business errands during his
or her spare time.
Here are list of responsibilities that I would require you bear on my
1: Receive payments made for my art works and process them on my behalf
2: Receive my mail and drop them off at the post office or shipping
center. All expenses and shipping charges will be covered by me.
3: Sit for delivery at home or pick up items at a post office near you
at your convenience.
When you get my mail or receive packages on my behalf you are free to
open them to check contents in order to guarantee your trust and confidence
The contents of the mail and the packages are specifically art
materials and paintings as well as personal letters. No heavy packages
If you decide to accept this position or you are able to offer me any
of the responsibilities I have listed above, Please provide me with the
A. Being honest and trustworthy.
B. Ability to work 15 to 20 hours a month
C Ability to check your EMAIL 3 to 5 times daily.
Please note that this job DOES NOT require any financial obligation of
any sort from you as I would be responsible for all expenses. I also would
have loved to meet you in person for now,but am out of the country to Australia
for the time being and wont be back until January 30th.
I look forward to hearing from you.
PS: Please specify the maximum amount you can process through your bank. (VERY