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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "lagos" (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.
- 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.
- 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)
- with send log attachments as proof of email campaign mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org we accept payment by paypal (email@example.com) / (India; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Yommy" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:39:03 +0100
Subject: GET MILLIONS OF VISITORS TO SEE YOUR WEBSITE NOW!!!
GET MILLIONS OF VISITORS TO SEE YOUR WEBSITE
As you may know, once you have set up your own website, you need to promote it in the best way possible
to get people to visit the site. The more the number of visitors, the more your chances of being patronised
HOW WE WILL DO IT:
1. Use of Powerful web/url submitters that can reach thousands of search engines and directories in a giffy
2. Use of email website marketing that can reach millions of potential visitors in minutes
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
1. Send a two-line description of your company's commercial activities to us.
2. Your website url address (e.g. www.abayomiibiyemi.nl)
3. Your reply-email address
1. Worldwide Website Promo @ N12,500 for 30days
(Website submission to 4000 Search Engines, Link pages & Directories + 2 Million Worldwide Email Campaign)
2. Nigeria Website Promo @ N9,000 for 30 days
(200,000 Nigeria Email Campaign only)
Submission Plan - Twice Monthly, with send log attachments as proof of email campaign
Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We accept payment by Paypal (email@example.com) / Abayomi Ibiyemi - Visa Account No.4990006313, or Abayomi Ibiyemi @ GTB A/C No. 0017611164
23 Road, R Close, Festac Town, Lagos
Tel: 234 806 489 1087
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