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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 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.
- +447024094149 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mark Howard" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:46:48 -0700
Subject: Job Opportunity!!
Parker Knoll Furnitures
Amber Business Center
Green-hill Lane Ridding
Derbyshire DE55 4BR
Parker Knoll Furniture's Makers and Restorer here in the United Kingdom. Marketing high quality furniture's to deliver superior customer satisfaction in an environmentally friendly way; we are passionate about working together to serve our customers. Our headquarter is located in United Kingdom (London), is a profitable, privately-held company on the fast track. Due to this fast-paced growth, we have begun our business in United States of America some weeks ago. Now we have many client/customer in United States of America.
We are constantly looking for overachievers to be part of the team! Our Mission is to provide the best service to our customers. People who can embrace and grow with our customer-focused and solutions-oriented environment and support our client as they grow and we are willing to pay $250 per Week for this position.
Our Company is looking for a trustworthy, honest, sincere, capable, transparency and responsible Delivery Agent/Payment Representative in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA that would be receiving payments from our customers in your good country UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This job takes only 2--10 hours per week. Youll have a lot of free time for school and your for your present job if any while you work for us (Part-time), youll also secure good income in the process.
Your duties as our Customer Service Rep /Payment Representative is to collect payments from our numerous customers within your region, process the payments, with the highest degree of courtesy and professionalism. You will also be offering alternative solutions where appropriate with the objective of retaining customer's business. You will handle business transactions in connection with activation of new customer accounts on a computer terminal.
Note that you do not have to go out as you will work as an independent contractor Right From your home / office. Your job is absolutely legal. You can earn up To $3000.00 USD-$4000.00 USD monthly depending on time you will spend for this job. You do not need any capital to start. You can do the Work easily without leaving or affecting your present Job. The employees who make efforts and work hard have a strong possibility to become managers.
Sequel to your acceptance of this offer and would like to work for Parker Knoll Furniture's Makers and Restorer (www.parkerknoll.co.uk). You are to Fill in the requested information below.
NOTE THAT ONCE YOU APPLY AND ATTEST YOU AGREE TO ALL THE TERMS STATED ON THE ATTESTATION FORM AND PAYMENT SHALL REACH YOU UPON APPROVAL BY US.
1.) First Name:
2.) Last Name:
3.) Home Address:
6.) Zip code:
7.) Mobile Phone Number:
8.) Home Phone Number:
I --------------- Hereby accept the job as a representative of the above mentioned company here in the United States, to receive payments on behalf of the company. Payment received by me shall be processed, make deduction of $250 as agreed and forward the balance payment via to any of the company's regional warehouses that will be given to me later. I shall also inform the company a week ahead if eventually l want to discontinue this job, So as to terminate all payments coming my way to avoid conflict..
Thanks for your understanding as i look forward to hearing from you soon.
Parker Knoll Makers and Restorer