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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 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.
- +447035928060 (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Outblaze.com, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Chevron Oil Cpmpany" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 27 May 2012 10:57:56 -0700
Subject: Job Opportunities
Chevron Oil & Gas Company
Department of Human Resources
No. 1 Westferry Circus Canary Wharf
London, E14 4HA.
This is to inform you that we have many Employment Opportunities openings in CHEVRON OIL COMPANY LIMITED UK, CLUK , UNITED KINGDOM the management has decided to fill up all the positions with foreign international reputable and experienced. These are the benefits: 1. Five Bedroom Flat Duplex 2. Free Medical & Travel Insurance 3. Ten Days Leave / break/ Vacation after every 90 working days 4. Flight Fares (Air Tickets) 5. Free Education Scheme to expatriates children/family 6. Free Toyota Camry Year 2008 Model (Company Car)
Contact and send your complete updated CV/Resume and your passport number to this email: email@example.com, Contact person: Joe W. Laymon (Tel: (+44703-592-80600.
Note: we will forward a copy of Practical Interview Letter online after filling the Job Application Form! And if you are among the successful candidate. You will do two week training before you resume on duties fully here in LONDON.
Joe W. Laymon
Vice President, Human Resources
& Communication London, United Kingdom
1 Westferry Circus
London, E14 4HA