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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:
- "% commission" (Beware of any scheme that involves depositing checks or money orders or receiving wire transfers in your bank account and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere, for a percentage of 5-15% of the total. Such offers are *always* fraudulent and you will be liable for the entire amount when the checks, money orders or wire transfers turn out to be fraudulent. Any money already forwarded comes out of *your* pocket then. )
- This email message is a company representative scam. This type of job offer scam involves the cashing of fake checks and money orders. It could expose you to losses of tens of thousands of dollars as well as to the risk of criminal prosecution and (in some cases) imprisonment.
Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:50:53 -0500
Subject: ***SPAM*** Prospective Finance Coordinator Needed!!!
297 Coventry Road Sheldon London
MM-Group INDUSTRIES is trading company that is into the import and export of goods like Aluminum, Industrial Chemicals, Raw Materials, Machines & Machineries, Non-Ferrous Metal, Steel, Foundry, Aluminum Products, Construction, Plastic and Rubber, Refractories and Ceramics Products, Tires, Professional Products Drawing, Graphic Arts and crafts, and newly included- Electronics-copiers, printers, fax machines, personal computers, CD-RW, DVD-RQ drives and media, cameras, and advanced electronic devices to U.S, Canada and Europe.
Due to the Increasing number of clients that we have in the U.S.A Canada and Europe , we are having difficulty in reaching all of them, therefore we decided to employ representatives to help us get to our clients. As our representative, you shall serve as a link between us and our clients and you will also be responsible for the collection of payments on our behalf. You shall have a 10% commission for every transaction you carry out or payment that you collect on our behalf.
Upon good conduct you are eligible to be a permanent staff of The MM-GROUP INDUSTRIES.
Prospective finance coordinator should forward the following Details below:
Address (No Po Box):
City: State: Zip code:
Home & Cell No.:
We look forward to working with you.
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