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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Abertis Limsa Limited" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:49:18 +0100
Subject: Purchase Order
We are a supply company to a lot of chain store and retail outlets all over Europe and Africa.
We have previously been supplied with these products by a company in Guangzhou, China.
However, due to excessive demand on this products, the supplier has been unable to meet
up with the delivery schedules and the shortfall is beginning to bring a deficit on our part.
Below is the link to a secured shared files, please click on the following link
(or copy and paste the full link into your browser) to view our product samples.
for the reasons of copyright and trademark, you will be redirected to the website where your valid
business email account will required for you to login and see details.
Please note that Quality is very important to us and we need to have the same or similar as is in the
sample pictures. If you would need us to send you a counter-sample so you know exactly what we need,
kindly inform me. After viewing our order please kindly send me a quote and include delivery terms,
payment methods and any further information. Please treat as urgent and reply within 3days.
Abertis Limsa Limited