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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "The Tourist Place" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:52:08 -0400
Subject: Simple Job Offer.
Our Company, "THE TOURIST PLACE" is a Tourism Consultancy firm based in
various locations in Asia,
with head office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We have offices in China,
Malaysia, United Arab Emirates
and Parts in Europe.
Our tourism firm organizes flight arrangements, hitch-free accommodation
and standard security measures
for our tourist clients in the countries they wish to visit.
In addition, we have numerous clients from the United States of America,
other parts in Europe that we render our befitting services to.
In order to extend our tentacles,
we are looking at establishing our Business Outlets in many more parts of
America and Europe,
so our clients over there can have easy access to our services,
because we are facing some difficulties in satisfying our clients in the
American and European Regions.
The reason for this is that some means of payment send to us usually takes
a longer time
to clear in our banks here in the Asia, thereby, introducing hitches to
the trips of our Clients.
Once the payments made to us are paid in time,
there should not be any delays in making our services readily
available to them
at the exact time it is needed.
We need to provide comfortable services for our clients and customers from
This is our goal and aim of establishing our outlets in USA.
At present,we are looking for communicative and initiative people for the
position of Transfer Managers
During all working processes, you will receive simple tasks from us which
(orders/payments/billing records/payment invoices/transactions) and
HOW MUCH WILL YOU EARN?
At the beginning, your commission will be 10%, later, it will increase up
The payment which ranges between $350 and $870 weekly depending on the
You do not have to go out as you will work as an independent contractor
right from your home office.
IS THIS LEGAL?
It is legal (article 15.3) Employment Opportunity Act.
My lawyer checked all legal provisions concerning any domestic or
international law against businesses
or deals of domestic monetary trade. Doing this business is 100% safe and
If you are interested in this offer, please respond with the following
details in order for us to reach you:
Lloyd Robertson Jr.