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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "application fee" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "®Monster Energy Drink Advertisement" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:54:28 +0100
Subject: DRIVE YOUR CAR AND GET PAID ADVERTISING FOR MONSTER ENERGY DRINK.($400 Weekly)
We got your email address through a local Business directory on the web. We must apologise for taking some of your valuable time to explain a proposal that will imagine will be of utmost benefit.
We are currently seeking individuals Strictly in the United State who would like to make money by simply driving their vehicle advertising for Monster Energy Drink. This is in our view to create more awareness and attract more customers to be willing to patronize us for local and international Enery Drink.
This is a basic strategy of the "pay me to drive" concept: Monster Energy Drink seeks people, regular citizens, professional drivers and more to go about their normal routine, only with a small 5x12 size advert for "Monster Energy" plastered on their vehicle. The advert are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps" that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any and little portion of the vehicle's exterior surface.
This strategy gives Monster Energy Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wrap tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it's a form of advertising with a captive audience eye catching, people who are stuck in traffic can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for as long as you want it and the minimum you can participate is 2 months and you get paid weekly, also individual with two or more vehicle can only participate once and with one vehicle at a time.
You will be compensated with $400 per week which is essentially a rental payment for letting Monster Energy use the space on your vehicle, no fee is required from you. We have experts that would handle the advert placement on your vehicle which will not resort to any damage. You will receive an upfront payment inform of Check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your vehicle.
You will also be eligible to participate in our monthly draw for various prizes and also get some percentage discount on the Monster Energy Drink can that is purchase in our various store.
It is very easy and no application fee is require, contact us through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) along with the following information if you are interested in these offer.
Make of vehicle and year:
Exterior Color of vehicle:
We will contact you immediately we receive this information.
®Monster Energy Drink Advertisement. All rights reserved.
Power Brands Consulting
16501 Sherman Way Ste. 200
Van Nuys, CA 91406