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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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 (163; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Mr.Tang <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:56:39 +0800
Subject: Mini moke car made in China
"Mini Moke"car had have long-standing history civilization, which is been first manufacture by the U.K. Longbridge plant for 1964-1968,we develop original style and new model Mini Moke, mini cooper car again in China
Please you look our quotion :
1,Original mini moke spare parts,without engines and gearboxes one 40ft container load 12 units(moke body is whole, move engine,glass,tyre from Chassis,other part such as,chair meter,electric line had installed
2, Electric Power Mini Moke series
3, Original edition mini moke chassis structure same original edition,1000cc EFI gasoline engine,Europe III standard,rubber shock mount
4,New edition Passenger-car chassis mini moke taxi car: 1000cc EFI gasolin engine, standard Europe III,fivespeedtransmission 5+1 1000cc engine
5,mini cooper car ,If you indeed interest in "Mini Moke"business by CKD,SKD,CBU, or deal in "Mini Moke " spare part business,
Looking forward to your reply soon! Thanks
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