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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Online Job Offers" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:23:11 -0800
Subject: PLEASE BE OUR REPRESENTATIVE
Atco Lumber Trading Co Ltd is one of the leading companies in Vietnam manufacturing plywood and veneer, wood logs, timber wood, wood pellets and sawdust briquettes for export.
Now we are seeking for more oversea clients and REPRESENTATIVES who are interested in establishing long-term
You are in receipt of this mail, as we need your services as a representative who can help us establish a medium of
getting to our customers in your region of the World as well as receiving payments through you to us. We would be glad to have you as one of our esteemed Representative in your location and be rest assured that adequate pecuniary and
lucrative compensations will be given and other benefits follow. Upon appointment, you are allowed the opportunity of
determining the method or mode through which you would be paid for your services as our Representative in your Region.
There is a percentage offered on every financial deal you conclude on behalf of our firm. Very Important: You are not required to spend your money on anything, every expenses if any, would be covered directly by our firm.
Mr. Andrew Dinh - CEO
Atco Lumber Trading Co Ltd