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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "DELIVERY DEPARTMENT" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 14:51:14 -0700
I am George Chinedu, Associate Mnagager , oceanic International Investments Nigeria, The World Largest Funds management with over 1.2 Trillion GBP Capital Investment Funds.Nevertheless,as Oceanic Associate Manager, I handle all our investors Direct Capital Funds and secretly extract 3.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit(EMRCP)per annum on each of investor's Magellan Capital Funds. As an expert, I have made over 9.8million GBP from the investor's EMCRP and here by looking for some one to trust who can stand as an investor to receive the funds as annual Investment Proceeds from oceanic Magellan Capital Funds. All confirmable documents to back up this claim will be made available to you prior to your acceptance.
Meanwhile, I have worked out the strategies and technicalities where the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 clearing houses without any hitch .Our sharing ratio will be 50-50 while expenses shall be incurred as per each capability during the process of transaction.
Should in case you are interested; please email me your direct telephone number for discussion of this deal in further details.