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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.
- 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 (Outblaze.com, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "MARRIOTTRESORTHOTEL" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 03:37:33 +0530
Subject: *JOB VACANCIES IN MARRIOTT RESORT HOTEL****
MARRIOTT HOTEL GROUP
1, Queen Square
Liverpool, Merseyside L1 1RH,
This is a great opportune for an exotic candidates outside
UNITED-KINGDOM who wish to work here in the United-Kingdom in different
skills such as Primary Skill Labour PSL Secondary Skill Labour SSL and
Semi Skill Labour SSL2 under the management of our company.
Our hotel is eagerly looking For successful candidates to occupy the
vacant position in the Marriott Hotel Liver Pool United-Kingdom.
OUR CONTEMPORARY PAYMENT FOR CURRENT EMPLOYEES ARE..
ACCOUNT DEPARTMENT ---- 4500 pounds
CHEFS --- 3,500 poundS
COMPUTER OPERATORS ---4,000 pounds
Sales in the Bar---4,000pounds
ENGINEER ---4,500 pounds
WAITER ---- 3,500 pounds
ADMINISTRATOR MANAGER -- 4,500 pounds
SUPERVISOR ----4,000 pounds
**CONDITION OF SERVICE*
Generally your education must be MINIMUM OF secondary education.
Must be reliable and trustworthy.
Must be law-abiding and adhere strictly to the Rules and regulations
guiding the operations of the Hotel.
Those seeking for higher position such as Human Resource Manager,
Assistant Manager e.g. must have obtained qualification And working
experiences which could be relevant to the position being Sort for.
Freshers can also apply.
If you are interested, send your CV/Resume to:
Hotel Management offer every selected candidate free Air Ticket, free
accommodation, and feeding. Interested Candidates, will only be
responsible for his/her Visa Fee in his/her