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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: "Auto Bricks City Motors" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:47:50 -0800
Subject: Automobile! ---------- 40% off discount bonanza car sales..
We are an American used car export company selling Japanese used cars and foreign cars.
We export Japanese used cars to various countries in the world. We have extensive stocks of Japanese used cars and American cars which satisfy your needs. We guarantee good condition, good price and quick service delivery.
Right now we are giving 25% discount off on prices for BONANZA sales on Toyota Land cruisers, Prado's and Double Cabin Toyota Hilux pick-up and much more.
We want you to take an advantage of this opportunity.
You are welcome doing business with us.
Sales Team/General Manager
Phone: +1 317-245-0251
Bricks City Motors
716 US Highway 31S # 880 Greenwood, IN 46143-2401