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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: "Martin King"<email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:37:15 +0200
Subject: I WOULD LIKE TO INVEST IN YOUR COUNTRY
My name is Martin King; I am the head of investment manager's forum, UK chapter.
I have some funds to the value of $52,000.000.00 in an escrow account, under the custody of NatWest Bank, Victoria ,UK, the money has good record and it has been there for a long time because it belongs to some top politicians who have been in active service up till date.
Based on personal conclusion that this money has stayed so long and it was directly deposited through the trust relationship between me and the so called owners, politicians, I therefore decided to invest the whole amount in your country for a period of ten years, subject to review for extension, if you have good and lucrative business with good interest returns.
In view of this, you should be able to know if you are capable to handle it or not.
If yes, indicate with details and your experience in business and the type of business you think we can set up, and percentage sharing, if you have no idea, interest, no capability to associate with me over this subject, please don't border to respond
Note that the MOU/Agreement in the partnership will be binding on you and me, only
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
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