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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Chung Botero" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 01:48:44 +0100
Subject: JOB OFFER !!!
I Mr. Chung Botero Chief Operating Officer and President of Sales & Marketing.HUAMAO CORPORATION was founded in 1981. After 30 years of development, HUAMAO CORPORATION has rapidly developed to be the leader of China's electronic information industry from the start, in the trend of China's reform and opening up, with dedication and innovation. HUAMAO CORPORATION is one of China's largest enterprise groups of consumer electronics on global scale, with major consumer products including color TV, mobile phone, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, small appliances. Currently, HUAMAO CORPORATION has formed five industry groups of HUAMAO CORPORATION Multimedia, Communications, CSOT, HUAMAO CORPORATION Home Appliance and Tonly Electronics, as well as System Technology Business Division, Techne Group, Emerging Business Group, Investment Group, Highly Information Industry.
This Company is seeking for the services of an Experienced person for position of a payment collectors/international company representative in U.S.A and CANADA.
If you are interested for this position please contact the company Chief Operating Officer.
We await your response.
Mr. Chung Botero
Chief Operating Officer
Address:22/F,TCL Technology Building,
17 Huifeng 3rd Road,
Zhongkai Hi-tech Development District,