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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.
- 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)
Fraud email example:
From: "Chevron Recruitment 2012" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:06:18 +0100
Subject: Chevron Job Vacancy Notification.
Chevron Oil & Gas Company UK
Department of Human Resources
No. 1 Westferry Circus Canary Wharf
London, E14 4HA.
Tel: (+44) 770-003-6982
JOB VACANCY NOTIFICATION
This is to inform you that we have many job opportunities in Chevron Oil & Gas Company United Kingdom; the management has decided to fill up all the positions with foreign international reputable and experienced applicants. Chevron values integrity, trust, diversity and ingenuity as a company and in our employees. In the United Kingdom, Chevron hires full-time employees with education and experience in one or more of the following areas:
* Earth science (geology, geophysics, drilling)
* Engineering (petroleum, completion, drilling, facilities, process, reliability)
* Operations and maintenance
* Human resources
* Finance and accounting
* Health, environment and safety
* Sales and marketing
* Process apprentices (Pembroke Refinery)
If you are interested kindly Contact and send your CV/Resume to Daniel Traylor the Recruiting Coordinator, Human Resources chevron Oil and Gas company UK.
Contact person: Daniel Traylor
Enquires should be directed to Daniel Traylor
HR Manager Recruiting Specialist