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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: "STANDERWICK-LIMITED® UK" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2012 08:54:53 +0200
Subject: CLOSEOUT OFFER ON APPLE iPHONES/IPADS/MACBOOK
Closeout Discount Sales
We are resellers of Apple Products and we basically drop ship from our USA Suppliers
APPLE iPHONE 4S/32GB = $350
APPLE iPAD2 64GB/3G/WIFI = $550
ULTRA THIN APPLE MACBOOK AIR 133 LAPTOP = $650
ORDER 3 GET 2 FREE
ORDER 4 GET 3 FREE
Order 5 Units Unlocked GSM Apple iPhone 4S/32GB @$350 = $1750 and Get the below FREE
1 FREE APPLE iPHONE 4S/32GB Unlock/GSM/UMTS in Black or White
1 FREE Apple iPad2 64GB+3G Wi-Fi Tablet in Black or White
1 FREE Apple MacBook-Air 133 Laptop Intel Core i7 Dual Core 2.7GHz/4GB-RAM/500GB HDD,MC724B/A
Free Shipping and No Tax or Duty Required
All Brand New in Original Box + USB cable + Apple Charger Adapter + Apple Headsets + Manual Instruction + Apple sticker
Extra: For your convenient use, I will include 01 more usb and Sim Eject Tool
They also comes with 1 year extended Apple care warranty that can be activated upon purchase under your name
For More info Email us ASAP
Thanks and best regards
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION
FY6 8JX, UNITED KINGDOM