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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "H.E Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 12:53:34 -0700
Subject: Invitation to participate as broker/agent to D.I.F.C. individualized
private equity management programme.
Dear Sir ,
I saw your company profile in the internet and I wish
to invite you to participate as broker/agent to DIFC individualized equity
investment portfolio management programme.
Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) is the largest finance centre
in the Middle East. With over £5 trillion private and corporate
investment portfolios. We are privately looking for fiduciary agents
and management experts who will be willing to act as investment
portfolio holders and administrators.
We currently have a back-log of an Excess Maximum Return Capital
Profit (EMRCP) of an average of 1.2% on each private investment and
portfolio under our administration and control. And we wish to re-invest
this fund by putting it into the management of private businessmen and
corporations with good business ideas that can generate at least 10% ROI
per annum over maximum of 5 years duration.
The fund will be disbursed based on a clear loan of 4.5% interest rate
per annum for 5 years renewable tenure.
All sign-up contracts, briefings and investment portfolio management
files will be handled in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
For further details please contact me directly for more information...
H.E Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman Ø§ÙØ¯ÙØªÙØ± Ø¹Ù
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Director Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC)
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