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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: "Alexei Vasiliev" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:59:32 +0300 (EAT)
Subject: Re: Specification
We are OJSC RN-Nakhodkanefteprodukt, Russia Federation , We have vessel in
the high sea for D2, D6 jp54, LNG, M100, REBCO, LCO, LPG and Mazut M100-75
for urgent delivery if our procedures are met, kindly know that our esteem
refinery can satisfy your desire and need for petroleum coke.
The previous buyer's of these cargos defaulted and they are our old time
buyers but since they defaulted and we now owe the shipping company the
cost of shipping charges already because the contract between our esteem
refinery and the shipping company has expired because it was only to ship
the cargo to the end buyer which they defaulted and the shipping company
brought the cargo back which is now against the chartered agreement
signed, hence we want to re sell why the cargo is still onboard.
Hope to build a long term relationship with you and your esteem buyer.
Secretary to legal department OJSC RN NAKHODKANEFTEPRODUCT REFINERY