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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:
- "% commission" (Beware of any scheme that involves depositing checks or money orders or receiving wire transfers in your bank account and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere, for a percentage of 5-15% of the total. Such offers are *always* fraudulent and you will be liable for the entire amount when the checks, money orders or wire transfers turn out to be fraudulent. Any money already forwarded comes out of *your* pocket then. )
- "my names are " (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "DR.GEROGE WILLIAMS" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 01:15:12 +0530
Subject: URGENT RESPOND
Madam Please accept my sincere apology for this unsolicited mail to you. With due respect, my names are DR.GEROGEWILLIAM from London, England. I am working as personal assistance to the manager director of a private firm that supplies crude extracts to pharmaceutical/health-care companies in UK. I contacted you regarding a business opportunity in our company.My proposal to you is based on our company urgent need for a crude extract called ROZYME LIQUID. Recently came to know through a reliable source that this same material our company are buying from Russia at the rate of $72,000 USD/Gallon (5 LITERS) are available in India at the rate of $35,000 USD/Gallon (5 litres) and our company are not aware of my discovery.I am soliciting your sincere co-operation regarding my personal interest in this business transaction that would be profitable to you and me. It is my sincere wish to entrust you with this project since I do not have the money to buy these materials and supply to my company. I intend to establish a
This is just a kind of buying and selling, you will buy the product from the local vendor at the rate of $35,000 USD/Gallon (5 litres) and supply to our company at the rate of $65,000 USD/Gallon (5 LITERS).I have the contact detail of the Indian supplier but i don't want to give it to my director due to my personal interest in this business. I contacted you so that you and i can team up and explore this business opportunity. If you can buy the material from the local seller and sell to our company once my director shows interest to buy from you, i will provide to you detail information then we deliberate on how to supply to our company at a high rate. At the end of each transaction you will give me 20% commission from the total profit accrued.These are my own personal opinions, if you have a different or contrary opinion let me know. On receipt of your positive response will forward to you detail information to proceed.Please reply through my private email address and call my mobile number for detail informa