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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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.
- +447035951794 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "JACK WILLIAM" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 05:58:31 -0000
Subject: PARTNER WANTED NO MONEY REQUIRED
ANNAPOLIS YACHT COMPANY
3 Pine Tree Close Christchurch Road ,Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire , HP2 5BD , United Kingdom.
My Name is DR. JACK WILLIAM; I am the Account Officer of ANNAPOLIS YACHT COMPANY, in the United Kingdom. I sell Yachts to clients in U.S.A, Canada and other Countries. I have lot of experiences of receiving large amounts in bank transfers by swift wire transfer into an account in the United States. I have been advised to accept all payments into "A Home Equity or Business Line of Credit Account Which is more secure and the IRS will never question any amount of money coming in or going out of the account.
I need a trustworthy representative in the United States or Canada who owns or can operate such account and I will offer you 10% of any of our payment that passed through your account. You will never invest any money during the course of this transaction and this transaction is 100% legal. The amount of money depends on the volume of Yachts sold which ranges from $299,999 and above depending on the yacht and also of your account limit.
Below are the information my client requested: -
Your Full Name.......................... ...
Your Home Address....................
Your Passport/photograph/driving license.......
Your Marital Status...........
Your Personal Mobile Number................
Your Personal Fax Number.....................
Home Equity Account: Yes or No
My client said that you have to comply with the enabling insurance policy standard and the funds will be wired from their west coast affiliates of the United States or East Coast Transaction, I will give you more details and attach a form for you to fill out are return as soon as I hear from you. I want to assure you that this is a legal business, and it's 100% risk free. I hope you are a Christian,if so glory be to GOD.
DR. JACK WILLIAM
ANNAPOLIS YACHT COMPANY