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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Lee Chung" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 06:35:01 +0700
Subject: Re: Part time Employment as Representative? email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Zhudian Machinery Makes Co., Ltd.
Cenqi Industrial Area,
Tingtian Town, Ruian City,
Zhejiang Province. China.
Compliments of the day,
We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium
of getting to our customers in Canada and America as well as making
payments through them as payment officers.
Would you like to work online from Home/Temporarily and get paid weekly? We are glad to offer you a job position with Zhudian Machinery You do not need to have an Office and this certainly will not affect your present job.
* The average monthly income is about $3,000.00 dollars.
* No form of investments from you.
* This job takes only 1 - 3 hours per day
ONLY SERIOUS AND INTERESTED APPLICANTS SHOULD PLEASE APPLY APPLICATION IS SIMPLE:CAREFULLY REPLY THE EMAIL PROVIDING THE DETAILS LISTED BELOW
information via email to this email
Full Name :
Residential Address :
Direct Telephone Number:
Your prompt response to this message will be appreciated.
PLEASE YOU MUST TO SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO OUR EMAIL AT email@example.com