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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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- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Newsletter" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:42:17 +0000
Subject: SOFT LOANS
My name is MICHAEL DOUGLAS I am a sales manager in a financial consultancy firm.My company is mandated to source for reliable investors the world over to invest available funds in profitable business ventures. This is why I am making this contact.
This funds are made available by some third world leaders and the pool is close to half a billion US dollars. Depending on your experience and the proposal you will forward to us, we will determine a suitable amount to remit to you to kick off the business you intend to invest in. You will manage this business without interference for a period of three years, after which, the profit on investment will be shared after taxation.
The investment areas is not limited and may include new businesses or injection of funds into an existing firm that, of course, is profit oriented. Bearing in mind that you are not authorized to invest in public companies or government agencies, you can incorporate a firm fully owned by you based on the laws of your country or invest this money in a private company as a share holder. You can equally trade stock or export and import goods as may be profitable. Fresh funds may also be invested to enlarge the business if the prospects is good.All these are without ANY liability to you as this is a risk that the fund owners are ready to take.
You will be required to meet with us to finalize arrangements on how to move the agreed funds into your account and sign related documents that will authorize you to manage this money on our behalf. A draft agreement will be forwarded to you to enable us fine tune all gray areas and ensure a smooth take off.
Please reply to this mail and I will forward more information to you.All we need is to ascertain your credibility, resourcefulness and experience.
I earnestly await your response via this e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org