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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 company representative scam. This type of job offer scam involves the cashing of fake checks and money orders. It could expose you to losses of tens of thousands of dollars as well as to the risk of criminal prosecution and (in some cases) imprisonment.
- 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 (AOL Instant Messenger; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "ITOCHU CORPORATION LTD JAPAN" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 14:17:12 +1100 (EST)
Subject: Work with our Company
ITOCHU CORPORATION LTD.
5-1, Kita-Aoyama 2-chome
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8077,
This mail is serving as an invitation to treat with the above named
company. Our company was established in 1970. Over the years we have
accumulated invaluable experience in our business and we are proud to
claim we are second to none.Our company exports cement, sugar and textile
materials for world trade.
Due to the increase in demand of our products in North and South America
continent and Europe we have decided to move our products fully into the
continent of America & Europe. By so doing, we are searching for reliable
persons/companies who can act as a RECEIVING PAYMENTS AGENT who will act
as medium of reach between our customers and us in their area of
locality.Note that, if finally approved as our Representative, you are
entitled to an annual income of $24,000USD and 5% of whatever amount you
receive from customers who are making payments for outstanding invoices
and making payment to purchase new product on behalf of the company.
If you are interested in being a REPRESENTATIVE AGENT in the above
location and your locality, please fill out this form below:
Receiving Agent Form:
Your full Name/ Title:.........
Your Company Name(If Any):.....
Name of Bank(If Any):..........
Further clarification and assistance you can contact our UK office
Processing Unit Centre for easy communication due to time difference :
Please send the above details to our Personnel Manager via The below details:
Name: Mr. Eizo Kobayishi
PRESIDENT-ITOCHU CORPORATION LTD