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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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- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:47:41 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: Partnership Investment Offer
From: GT Investment Trust Group,
163/169 Brampton Road,
Knightsbridge,London SW3 IPY,
RE: Partnership Investment Offer
We are brokering an Investment deal in your country on behalf of a client
of our firm Who is a multi-billionaire oil and property merchant from
Papua New Guinea and also an immigrant business tycoon based in
London,United Kingdom and he want now to diversify his investment to
venture into four key business areas of product & manufacturing
(Factories),Tourism,trading (wholesales) and Real Estate and he is
targeting the Middle East Free Trade Zones Areas for partnership
investment particularly Dubai ,United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) including
other areas of your choice which must be accommodated.
You can take good advantage of this rare opportunity to become a partner
of our client though our company and the options of working/partnership
agreement via, an attorney is available for your kind study upon your
serious interest and application. This deal will involve the eventual
investment of USD 15.5 Million (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand
U.S. Dollars Only.) in your country through your company.
We are by this letter offering you our sincere partnership, so as to allow
us have you as our representative and manager of all invested funds in
your country. Since we can not determine if this contact/email is still
functional and also your willingness to work with us, we have kept this
proposal very brief while expecting your response.
If you are interested in this offer of genuine business partnership,please
respond urgently and give us your full contact details plus company
profile etc, and in response, we will send you an elaborate
details/proposal of this offer for your kind study.
We just conclude the process with you and the funds will be release to you
via on-line ATM Credit Card from our Bank HSBC BANK PLC.
Your expedient response will be highly appreciated as we believe God for
apossible partnership with you soon.
Waiting for your immediate response.
MR Prince Stevens (C.S, Invest, Dept)
GT INVESTMENT COMPANY,(UK) PLC.