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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR Sadiq Erezi." (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 04:17:56 -0700
Subject: Reliable foreign Manager/Investor
It is my pleasure to write you after much consideration, since I cannot be able to see you face to face at first.I wish to introduce myself as MR Sadiq Erezi,
i am limited liability businessman who does not know much about overseas investment, To the knitty-gritty of the matter i am seeking for a reliable and trust worthy business partner for my life time investment abroad.I personally will like to meet with you or my son before the fund will be release to you.
l need a competent and reliable foreign Manager/Investor to whom the [20.million Euros] should be released to for onward investment purposes,you will also help in buying a good house to use as office in your country . Under this circumstances I deem it fit that you can be of assistance to me, because I have the believe you are capably of handling this transaction without any mistake.
My request centered on your unflinching support to invest some little fund in your country under your control.This I hope will give me a foundation overseas.
However, this contact is to open communication with you and to know your willingness to and subsequently to arrange how, when and where to meet to discuss modalities and endorse memorandum Of understanding.
(MOU) TRUST IS MY WATCHWORD.
I look forward to your early reply
MR Sadiq Erezi.
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