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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 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Wang Jiaxiang" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:34:26 +0700
Subject: FROM China Oil Corp to you
i am Mr Wang Jiaxiang
No.1080 Beijing Fortune Building
No.11 Dong San Huan Chaoyang District,
Beijing, 100004, China
China National Offshore Oil Corp
Email ; Mr.WangJiaxiang@mail.com
Dear Valued mate,
I humbly implore for your utmost consideration, as this mail demands your proposition of my expected investment in your country under your committal assistance.
I am Mr Wang Jiaxiang, am the Vice President of CNOOC (IMDB) of China National Offshore Oil Corp.,(CNOOC).In an open mindset, I deliberately writing you to negotiate
my suggestion for Joint Venture investment of company with you in your country, if you consensually accept my bid for this gesture, Then I will be moved to equip you
with the appropriate details of my intended investment options and finances towards all is legal procedures. moreover, I want every of my co-operation with you to be
carried out legally and in transparent manner.I am contacting for a good business proposal that will benefit both of us if you are interested and trustworthy, please
reply back and let's benefit from this golden opportunity.
Vice President CNOOC