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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447031993294 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: "Iraqi Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IACCI)" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:50:45 -0700
Subject: "THE PROJECT RE-BUILD IRAQ" ,
Salaam Alaikum ,
The economy of Iraq has been devastated by the recent war,now that the
war is winding down the emphasis
in Iraq has turned to rebuilding a viable, vibrant economy ,in this
light the Iraqi Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry(IACCI) have been
mandated to partner with the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI)both
agencies have a renewed mandate from the government of Iraq to solicit,
evaluate and recommend reputable foreign companies to work as partners
in "THE PROJECT RE-BUILD IRAQ" .
The launch of ongoing sourcing and bulk supply strategies has opened up
new streams of public sector supply opportunities as your company with
email address: has been shortlisted to participate in "THE PROJECT
Please kindly confirm your willingness to partake in the supplies and
contracting program under this new initiative
"THE PROJECT RE-BUILD IRAQ" ,do confirm by return correspondence to our
email or fax numbers below in order to allow us send detailed
procedures.Thank you for your co-operation.
Tel:+964-750-211-9067 EXT 102,+44-70-319-93294
Sent from IACCI Server 7 @7:34am on 07/04/2016