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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:
- "% commission" (Beware of any scheme that involves depositing checks or money orders or receiving wire transfers in your bank account and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere, for a percentage of 5-15% of the total. Such offers are *always* fraudulent and you will be liable for the entire amount when the checks, money orders or wire transfers turn out to be fraudulent. Any money already forwarded comes out of *your* pocket then. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Naseeha. A" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:46:27 +0100
Subject: Re:Supply Enquiry From Qatar
I am an authorized agent registered with the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs,http://www.islam.gov.qa as a sourcing agent for sundry
products. I search for companies to bid for supply contracts on commission basis. I receive 2% commission from the seller/manufacturer in any successful contract done through my recommendation.
At the moment, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs is interested in Your product and I will like to make a preliminary presentation/introduction of your company to the Ministry of Endowments and IslamicAffairs for their consideration. Could you please be kind enough to furnish me with the following information to enable me present/introduce your highly esteemed company to the to the Tender/procurement department of the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs:
1) Your price list in CIF
2) The Technical details of your products
3) Your company profile
Please reply to my proposal and we shall deploy all resources in our disposal to ensure a successful bidding for your company
You may include any information or document that you
We are looking forward to working with you.
2 Mosque Road
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