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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 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.
- 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.
- +447024024922 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Stephanie Pearl" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 02:21:42 -0700
Subject: EARN EXTRA $$$$ FROM A PART-TIME JOB
Dear recipient, this awareness is to let the public know that we have a job opening for the position of Accountants/Payment Collection Officers at our company (Hart Craftsman Ltd).
Would you be interested in working from your home or office and get paid weekly? If your answer to this is yes, then you might have to respond to this message and we will furnish you with a detailed information about the job description, benefits attached to it and also to know what's therein for you as Stipend.
Our Company, (Hart Craftsman Ltd) specializes in the distribution to about 4 different continents and a growing export market trader particularly in the supplies of selected paintings including Art works and Arts decorations.
Thanks for Your anticipated response.
Hart Craftsman Ltd
Unit 7 Parham Airfield Runway Farm,
Woodbridge, IP13 9AF