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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:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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.
- +447024086453 (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.
- email@example.com (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Sales Department" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:39:36 -0000
Subject: New Apple Iphone 4s 32GB Unlocked Sold At $400Usd Only
Welcome to APPLE BOIKING COMPANY LIMITED we are into exporters and wholesalers of mobile phones, computer components and electronic goods.
APPLE BOIKING COMPANY LIMITED, trades only on quality and reliable products and we are constantly looking through various media for new business partners in order to expand our products and client database. We are familiar with all import/export regulations and our efficiency is paramount. Our close relationship with all the major freight forwarders,means that we can have goods sent to anywhere in the world at a moments notice.
WE ARE OFFERING A PROMOTIONAL SALES:BUY 3 UNITS GET 1 UNIT!!!!BUY 5 UNITS 2 UNITS FREE INCLUDING A FREE SHIPMENT TO YOUR DOOR STEP!!!
APPLE IPHONE 4s 64GB ........$450USD
APPLE IPHONE 4s 32GB .........$400USD
APPLE IPHONE 4 16GB .................$350USD
APPLE IPHONE 4 32GB ................$400USD
APPLE IPHONE 4G 32GB ...............$400USD
APPLE IPHONE 3GS 16GB ..............$300USD
APPLE IPHONE 3GS 32GB ..............$350USD
Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi - 16GB................$300USD
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 32GB .......................$400USD
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16GB +3G..........$450USD
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 32GB +3G....................$500USD
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 64GB +3G .................$600USD
Apple iPad Tablet PC 64GB Wifi + 3G (Unlocked)......$550USD
Apple iMac 21.5-inch: 3.06GHz....$750
Apple iMac 21.5-inch: 3.2GHz......$800
Apple iMac 27-inch: 3.2GHz.........$950
Apple iMac 27-inch: 2.8GHz........$1000
Apple Mac mini 2.4GHz : 320GB....$400
Appple Mac mini 2.66GHz : Dual 500GB...$600
APPLE MACBOOK AIR
Apple Macbook 2.4GHz : 250GB...$500
Apple MacBook Air 2.13GHz....$800
Apple Macbook Air 1.86GHz.....$600
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch: 2.4GHz...$650
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch: 2.66GHz..$700
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch: 2.4GHz...$800
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch: 2.53GHz...$650
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch: 2.66GHz....$750
Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch: 2.53GHz....$800
BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 Unlocked ......$850USD
BlackBerry Curve 9380 Unlocked .....$300
BlackBerry Curve 9370 Unlocked .....$280
BlackBerry Curve 9360 Unlocked .....$260
BlackBerry Torch 9810 Unlocked .....$300
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 Unlocked ....$350
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 Unlocked ...$400
BlackBerry Bold 9780 Unlocked .....$250
BlackBerry Bold 9790 Unlocked .......$350
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900$350
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930$330
We ship 100% of our orders the same business day from our warehouse, typically the product will arrive within 2days via either Fedex/Ups Courier Services.
ORDER INFORMATION :
Shipping Method : FedEx, DHL, USPS,
Delivery Time : OVERNIGHT SHIPMENT 24 HOURS EXPRESS DELIVERY!!!
2 DAYS DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR STEP.
Hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm EST
Friday 9:00am - 8:00pm EST
Saturday- 10:00am - 8:00pm EST.
Shipping fees : Free shipping for bulk orders
Delivery Time : 2 days maximum.
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