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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.
- 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.
- +447024044766 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Wal-Mart Personal Assistant" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 21:25:51 +0100
Subject: PERSONAL ASSISTANT RECRUITMENT!!!
My Name is Micheal Mann from Dublin, Ireland. I am Physically disabled using wheelchair and I will be coming to US on the 15th of May 2010 to settle down in United States . I am a businessman who deals with all kind of business majorly importation and exportation of Use/New Cars,Raw materials and Finished Goods. I travel a lot and a personal assistant is needed.
Looking for someone who is bright and a quick learner. Mostly work from home. assistant in run errand, phone calls, check voice mail,filling, letters, pay bills, organizing home, shopping and bank deposits. Must pass criminal background check, will be working 6hrs daily, Monday-Friday and i am ready to pay you $700/week. I will pay you upfront payment for commitment for a week($700). Start immediately after background check. No cleaning, cooking, ironing, or domestic work required. Someone else handles that. Will have to house manage. Serious inquiries. only!
Your information is need for background check, please send in this information:
DATE OF BIRTH:
HOURS FOR AVAILABILITY:
Tel: +44 7024044766