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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Click to Get Commission" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 18:50:43 +0800
Subject: It's ALL Done For You ... = NO WORK = $512,678.91 = GRAB IT = NO More Cr*p!
I'm not joking
I watched this video and it brought tears to my eyes
It shows how some normal, regular guys
With no skills, no money and no websites
Were able to pull in over $4,587.68 per DAY
And change their lives PERMANENTLY
Trust me, i'm not the emotional type but when
you see normal, everyday people
With huge debts and families to feed
Finally enjoying real life success like this,
it effects you
This video even shows you how YOU can
do EXACTLY the same
And remember, you'll need NONE of these:
* NO costs
* NO products
* NO websites
* NO experience
* NO technical skills
To pull in thousands of dollars from ANY
These guys make literally millions of dollars
from Amazon AND Clickbank
And they show you exactly HOW they do it here
Watch it now before it gets pulled
(I've heard it may be deleted very soon)
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