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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: iobox.com Support<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Email ADMIN <email@example.com>
Date: 16 Sep 2021 15:11:05 +0200
Subject: Important: firstname.lastname@example.org You have 5 Pending incoming emails.
In reference to the above subject, please be
informed that ,we had been awarded MEW Projects ( Ministry of
Electricity & Water âState of Kuwait ) of Up gradation of Fuel
Supply System Infrastructure at Doha West Power Station & Sabiya
Power Station. These two are fast track Projects. We kindly
request you to send us your competitive offer along with sample
MTCâs [For reviewing the suitability of the proposed Material]
and delivery schedule as early as possible.
When preparing your quotation, please be guided by the
SPECIFICATION as attached.
If you required any further technical clarification, please feel
free to contact us at any time.
We appreciate your earlier action and responds.
Thanks & Regards
Maint.Co Ordination Engineer
Industrial Maintenance, Oil & Gas Operations,
Heavy Engineering Industires & Shipbuilding Co K.S.C.(Public)
P.O.Box No. 10155,Shuaiba 65452,Kuwait
Tel (Off) : +965 23253000 Ext - 3548
Mobile : +965 66332236
Fax : +965 23253031
Email : email@example.com
website : www.heisco.com