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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 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- regards jack keans advanced technology co.,ltd. email: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org senior professional supplier 15th (Vip; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Keans Group Corp. " <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:32:07 +0800
Subject: Re:USB flash car mouse boat mouse
Now we have beautiful car mouse & USB flash & power bank etc.
We have more than 100 models car mouse & 500 models customized the USB Flash driver.
Our products are ideal as corporate gifts for customers, employees or conference participants.
They are extremely reliable and comfortable business tools and can be customized with logos, web site details, or themes of your choice.
We can print your logo for car mouse & power bank and make customized USB flash for MOQ 50 pcs.
Since 1999 we supply full service design,artwork,export etc. and have the good prestige.
We will be happy to arrange an immediate quote or alternatively e-mail us.
Keans Advanced Technology CO.,LTD.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Senior Professional Supplier 15th years in Car shape Gift. - CES Show Most Innovative/Best Creative Concept!
Base on the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance, if you DO NOT want to receive any promotion email messages from us in the future,
please kindly add firstname.lastname@example.org to your blacklist. If you would like to receive our promotion e-mail messages in future, you do not need to reply us.