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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:
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: mark christ <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:33:34 +0000
Subject: INVESTMENT SCHEME & RELATIONSHIp
REPLY COMPLEMENT OF GOD BLESSING
Suite 210, Coborn House,
3 Coborn Road, Docklands,
London, E3 2DA, UK
(INVESTMENT SCHEME & RELATIONSHIP)
I want to know if you can allow me invest my money in your country as your partner. I am Mr.Mark christ. I have been into real estate business for many years until my recent retirement following my doctor's advice for me to avoid any form of stress because of my failing health. I have made over 1.2% Excess Maximum return Capital Profit during my Services as Estate Management business and I want to invest the funds 95, 645,000.00 British Pounds Sterling to your country,I hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as an Investor to receive the fund as Annual Investment and Proceeds to make investment to his/her country with trust and Relaibility.
All confirmable documents to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance. Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any Correspondent Bank without any hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 60-25.60% for me for the investment and 25% to you then 15% will for expenses that will ocour during the process of the investment, If you are interested, you should contact me immediately with your informations, preciesely your Bank account and identity, telephone numbers, so that we could discuss more on phone as regard the transaction.
More so, we shall all share the profit of the investment after which in ratio of 50% for me and 30% to you and 20% will be to the officials here that will make sure that the Capital funds transfer to your account for the investment, kindly get back to me immediately if you are really interested.