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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: "Shougang Group Co., Ltd" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2020 01:28:16 -0500
Subject: Official request for Professional consultants In Usa / Canada
Shougang Group Co., Ltd
45 Huagong Road Xinji City,
Hebei Province China.
This is an official request for Professional/consultants who will stand as
our regional representative to run logistics on behalf of Shougang Group.
We are only looking for individual or company from USA. You shall receive
a monthly salary of $8,000 and you will also be entitle to three percent
(3%) of every payment you receive from our customers in your region on
behalf of the company.
NOTE: You are not require to travel, all communications with our customers
will be through email or phone. All fees, including taxes will be handled
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PAYMENT WILL BE SENT TO YOU BY CUSTOMER VIA WIRE
You can apply for this position by filling the information below and send
back to us;
*(2)Complete Residential or office address:
If you have a current job, you can still be part of our business, as
services for us will not bother with your hours of work.
Mr Sun Xiao Lan (Human Resources)