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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: "Mrs. Zainab Abdallah " <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:37:57 -0800
Subject: Investment proposal
Dear Sir / Madam,
I hope this Email Find you in good Health. In View of my Correspondence with you, I unassumingly solicit for your utmost consideration, as this letter Serves as my Formal Notice of Intent to go into a multinational investment with you in your country.I'm open minded manner, I purpose contact you to negotiate my preposition for investment of multinational companies and industries with you in your country.Though i don't know you in person and i haven't meet you before it will very hard to trust a stranger with such project but am doing this because I donât have anyone who can help me from my family because I loss my family in Libya civil war and right now am at the Hospital suffering from Lung Cancer disease.
I am very sure, that you are a good person because is only Good person with Good heart can have this great opportunity coming to your way.you are just a lucky person for me to choose you out of million's around the world. I decided to contact you because my mind Choose you and i believe on what came out from my mind is the right thing to do for me that is why i decided to contact you for this is Great Opportunity for my Investment Project which will help your financial status too .
We are building Hotel and beach Front estate in Ghana before the death of my Husband and since my husband died,I have been suffering from Lung Cancer disease which i cant continue the project anymore due to my health problem. I want you to continue this project and handle our foreign Business I also want you to know that ,I'm God sent to you believe it or not this project will also help your financial status and create job opportunity for your people in your country. My prposal for you is vto make you the beneficiary to my late husband properties.I want you to help me manage my family properties in foreign country were i have the abandoned projects. I also want to appoint you as the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of our business and properties in my country.