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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:
- "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. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: 21 Apr 2016 20:38:01 +0800
Subject: LET US HIRE YOUR CAR!!!
Wrap your car with Budweiser SelectÂ® Beer Advertisement Wrap and
Get Paid... It is Very Easy and Simple with No Application fees
Here's how It works - The basic premise of the "paid to drive"
concept Budweiser SelectÂ® Advertising seeks people -- regular
citizens, not professional drivers -- to go about their normal
routine as they usually do, only with a big advert of "Budweiser
SelectÂ® Beer "plastered on your car/truck.The adverts are
typically vinyl decals,also known as "auto wraps," that almost
seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any
portion of your car's exterior surface.
What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots
of exposure and awareness.The auto wraps tend to be colorful and
eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it's a form of
advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck
in traffic and can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside
program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can
participate is 1 month.
You will be compensated with $400 (Four hundred dollars per
Week),which is essentially a "rental" payment for letting our
company use the space and we shall provide Experts that would
handle the advert placing on your car.
Interested person should please feel Free to fill out the
information below and send it back to us today and we will get
back to you with details.
Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
City:State:Zip Code :
Home Phone Number:
Cell / Mobile Phone Number
Budweiser SelectÂ® Beer