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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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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 (163; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 01:10:12 +0800
Dear Sir or Madam
Good day. I am so glad to receive your message.
This is lisa liu from Hanzhong Burt Machinery Co,Ltd, China.
First, could you please let me introduce our company.
Our company is engaged in the flour mill, food processing production line manufacturing has a history of more than 20 years.
We have rich experience in production and debugging overseas, via trade company products exported to Asia, Africa, and many other areas.
We are the MANUFACTURER of high quality food processing machines with competitive price!
Sure as the flour milling mahine, food gritting machine , grain dryers.
We have corn processing production line, flour processing production line, hot pepper processing production line, noodle processing production line, etc.
According to different technical requirements and production, the price can be divided into from tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars.
I put our machine's instrution and other type's qutation in attach.Pls check it.
Do you have whatsapp?
My whatsapp number is 0086 13379261019. could add me from that.
Hopping heard from you soon.
Hanzhong Burt Machinery CO,LTD.