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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr.Zhang Ya <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 21:34:16 +0100
Subject: WORK AT HOME AND GET PAID DAILY
Good day Grahame Anderson,
I am Mr. Zhang Ya, founder of Zhangya Corporation, China with vast
investments in 4 countries is requesting your service as Cash
Management Partner in the USA We are a new company that manufacture
and sells out fabrics to all our customers nation wide, And since we
started this company in 2010 we have had many great success and we are
glad to inform you that there are free lancing opportunities for you
to make money from home.. Our goal is to be more active in the States
and make our customers the best they can ever desireâ¦
We have covered 5 States which we think isnât enough as our
customers increased rapidly over the last 2 years. The good news is we
have set up a merchant account to receive customers payments online
and over the phone but we canât do this on our own.. So this is an
opportunity for you to help us make this Co-operation today and start
making money from home being our agent accepting payments.. itâs quite
easy, you can apply for any merchant account, Link it to your account
and start receiving payments as much as $5000.00 per day and youâll
have 15% of every sale you take in total per day..
There are several merchant services that could be really easy
for you to use on your smart phone .. Itâs that simple which we will
send you the main merchant service that you will use for the work in
the respond to this email, I want to assure you that this is 100%
legal and we are doing this to grow, you can make changes for the
better so you can help us grow for a better tomorrow.. Thank you once
again for going through this message and you can always write me back
on here for further information..
Note we only need a Cash Management Partner that have a personer business.
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