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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.
- This email message is a company representative scam. This type of job offer scam involves the cashing of fake checks and money orders. It could expose you to losses of tens of thousands of dollars as well as to the risk of criminal prosecution and (in some cases) imprisonment.
Fraud email example:
From: L&N TEXTILES AND FABRICS LTD <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:47:52 +0700
Subject: MAKE MONEY THIS YEAR WORKING FOR US
L & N TEXTILES
& FABRICS LIMITED
RM 604 EAST OCEAN CENTER
45 VILLE ROAD LONDON
My name is Tom Smith, Marketing officer for L&N TEXTILES AND FABRICS LTD. I want to employ you as our agent if you're still looking for job or need an extra job. We have been selling our products for the past few years and we're lately facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling our products to Americans because they are always offering to pay with U.S MONEY ORDER/CHECKS, which is difficult for us to cash here. We are looking for representatives in the states who will be working for us as a part-time worker and be willing to pay 10% for every transaction, which wouldn’t affect your present state of work.
We need someone who would be helping in receiving payments from our clients in the States. An agent who is responsible and reliable that will be handling the payment aspect. The payment will be addressed and sent to you and all you need do is to get it cashed, deduct your percentage and wire the balance back to any of our accountants/lawyers in our regional warehouses. The problem we have is getting someone that is really capable and trustworthy as though we surely have our way of getting anyone that tries to get away with our money. The FBI will surely be interested and get involved.
This offer is not going to cost you any amount because all you need to do is to receive payments which will be sent to you via delivery courier from our clients, which would come in form of a money order/check get it cashed and send the cash to our accountants/lawyers.
If you're interested, kindly get back to me ASAP with the information below. Please note any transaction carried out by our staff on behalf of this organization will be insured against risk.
ADDRESS(P.O.BOX NOT ACCEPTED):
I________hereby accept the job as a representative of the above mentioned company here in the United States, to receive payments on behalf of the company. Payment received by me shall be processed, make deduction of 10% as agreed and forward the balance payment via to any of the company's regional warehouses that will given to me later. I shall also inform the company a week ahead if eventually I want to discontinue this job, so as to terminate all payments coming my way to avoid conflict.
Signed by me,