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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:
- "million us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Kim <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:25:32 +0100
Subject: Re: HELLO
Dear Prospective Partner,
This is a Management Proposal on behalf of Mr. Lee Myung-bak, the former President of South Korea.
Mr. Lee Myung-bak is looking for an experienced business person/company that can profitably invest monies in excess of Forty Nine Million US Dollars outside Korea. The sum is currently deposited in the name of an existing legal entity, most importantly, you will be required to:
. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
. Receive the funds into a business/private bank account.
. Invest/Manage the funds outside of Korea.
Mr. Lee Myung-bak is willing to pay 10% for your role as the beneficiary partner to the funds. Also, a subsequent 10% "Management Commission" will be paid for your advised investment services. If you prefer to be re-contacted for more express information, please send us your:
 Full Names:
 Contact Address:
 Direct Telephone No:
Be advised to visit the following links to be better acquainted with Mr. Lee Myung-bak current profile and personality.
We expect your correspondence and our response will be swift.
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