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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Bricks City Motors" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:26:13 -0700
Subject: Bonanza Cars For Sales
We are an American/Japanese Car Export Company specialized in the sales of used cars with prompt and effective delivery services to various parts of the world. We have extensive stocks which will beat your imagination and also satisfy your choice car desires. Our vehicles are guaranteed to be of good conditions, good pricings, and quick/prompt delivery service.
Current attractive offer also include 40% discount sale BONANZA on some of our vehicles which includes Toyota Land cruisers, Pradoâs and Double Cabin Toyota Hilux pick- up and much more.
We want you to take due advantage of this exciting opportunity to own your DREAM vehicle.
Sales Team/General Manager
Phone: +1 317-644-6851
Fax: +1 317-245-2572
Brick City Autos
716 Us Highway 31 S # 880 Greenwood, IN 46143-2401 USA.