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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447010995221 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: UK EMYONAL COMPANY LTD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:44:51 -0800 (PST)
Subject: INVESTMENT PARTNER NEEDED
EMYONAL COMPANY LTD. SCT.UK
Tel: +44 7010 995 221
We are pleased to introduce ourselves as EMYONAL COMPANY LTD. SCT.UK, We are in urgent need of INVESTMENT PARTNER or Any REPRESENTATIVE in your country, and we have £10 Million Great Britain Pounds for investment purpose in your country due to the current business development and rapid economy growth of your country.
We want a reliable person to receive this fund in respect of our company and invest it by opening a new branch of EMYONAL COMPANY LTD. SCT.UK or on any profitable sector(s) of his/her choice in your country, we will offer you 30% of the profit realize from the invested £10 Million Great Britain Pounds annually.
Please urgently get back to us if you are reliable to represent our company interest in your country or if there is any other lucrative way you can help in the areas related to your field,
Feel free to contact Us Email: email@example.com
Thanking you and looking forward to work with you for life time venture(s).
HEAD INVESTMENT DEPT
EMYONAL COMPANY LTD. SCT.UK