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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:
- "lome togo" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Lee Medeme" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 01:23:44 +0900
Subject: Part Time Employment Offer...
We humbly seek your assistance to work with our firm as satellite representative in your region. Due to increasing bank commission and charges which makes it almost impossible for us to make little or no profit from sales at the end of each export we therefore decided to approach the satellite representatative system.
Our factory has been setup in two major west African cities Accra Ghana and Lome Togo since 1995, supplying west Africa sub region Batik,wax-print,fabrics and agro commodity products of the finest quality and standard.
Presently we just entered into new contractual agreements with some fashion house for continuous and large supply from our firm twice every Month to them in USA/EUROPE/AUSTRALIA.
Our new buyers in USA, Europe and Australia according to the agreement shall be Making payments for our supplies strictly by secured Bank Transfer/ Cheques. For effectiveness and efficiency reasons, I have been Charged to recruit, short list and employ an administrative Part-Time Representative/Book-keeper for the company so as to eliminate the Discomfort we are encountering on transfer charges here at our local bank and aswell the delay before payments are processed.
The details of the position is described and summarized below.
PLEASE NOTE: Primarily, what you will be doing for the company is receiving payments from our clients within USA/Europe and Australia, Get it duly processed in your bank, Deduct your commission (10%), and forward the balance to the company through the company's accountant and strictly according to the company's instructions.
Fill and return the application form below and return as soon as possible and thereafter, you will be notified if short listed and employed for the position.
N:B-NO UPFRONT PAYMENT IS REQUIRED...