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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Bruce P. Kerzic" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 03:39:00 +0100
Subject: FROM BRUCE .P. KERZIC 10/02/11
Its been quite a long time. Business took me out of the United States and now I am back. While I was gone to Asia for a deal at the Dubai Trade Center I had a whole lot of people owing me, now that I am back, I will be needing your assistance in collecting a few of the debts owed me. I really need a handful of people to help me do this.
Payment will be sent to you via Wire Transfers . No checks, no money orders. Please I have already informed all my debtors that I will be having funds received via wire transfers only. If you can be one my debt collectors, all you have to do is say "Yes" and I will tell you what to do and receive my funds electronically into your bank account without exposing your account information on the internet. You stand to earn 15% of each debt you collect, but the minimum you can collect per week, will be $10,000 meaning, you will have to keep about $1500 or more weekly as your commission. This is a part time offer and you don't have to visit anyone to get funds, just the calls.
Just respond to this email
Mr. Bruce P. Kerzic