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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: "Brick City Cars" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 21:58:57 +0300
Subject: Car Sales Bonanza.
The Biggest Car Sales of the Year is on!
It's Brick City Car Sales Bonanza.
All our Cars are discounted, in stock for sales are Japanese/American Brand new/used cars, just make your specifications known to us and we will make them available. We export our Cars to various countries around the world. Our stocks are very extensive and are categories like Japanese used cars and American cars which should satisfy your desire. We guarantee our products are in Good conditions; Good prices and we are quick in our services delivery. At the moment we are carrying out a sale Promo for our cars, hurry now while Stocks like Toyota Land cruisers, Prado, Double Cabin Toyota Hilux pick-ups, Toyota Land Cruiser pickups, Toyota Camry and other unspecified brands Last.
We will provide you with your estimated units to suite your request, Try us out now and you will be convinced. We desire you to take an advantage of this great opportunity and not be left out. If you simply wish to purchase a car from us please provide specification of such car(s) and we will get back to you in details.
We also need sales agent or representatives if interested from your country.
Clinton Mickle - Sales Manager
Brick City Cars
109 Harry L Dr, Johnson City
NY 13790-1647, USA.
Hotline: +1(646) 687-6772
Fax: +1(646) 687-6773