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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- 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.
- +447017042491 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr G.Maxwell" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 18:16:39 +0530
Subject: WORKERS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED.
HILTON HOTEL INTERNATIONAL LONDON
17-18 UPPER WOBURN PLACE BLOOMSBURY WC1H-OHT
WORKERS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED.
This is to inform you that found your CV interesting in one of the resume
database web site, and we have decided to contact you to notify you about
our selection of reliable workers. On behalf of the staffs and management of
Hilton hotel international london,we wish to inform you that there vacancies
for employment in our reputable hotel. These vacancies were created as a
result of the temporary onward relocation of our foreign expatriate staffs
that will go for further training ,while others were sent on compulsory
retirement due to there official retirement period.As a result the hotel
hereby advertise the following job vacancies to suitable qualified
candidates.We also require teachers that can tutor workers while on further
training.Bellow are the vacancies needed:
1,Chief accountant.......(10)IT Consultant .......
3,Computer operator......(12)Hotel Web Site Developer/Maintenance..
4,Hotel drivers.........5,Hotel electrician/plumbers....(13)Receptionist........
6,Medical attendant.........(14)Human Resource Manager ....
7,Hotel security......(15)Hotel Waiter
8,Network Administrator and Developer..(16)Account Department
Salary are paid in UK local currency(pounds) Period of work ..four hours
working per day. shifting payment for workers who like to work on
Sundays.Interested candidates should send their resume to,,email@example.com
For any question you can call the hotel by dialing this number..+447017042491
Human Resources Manager.