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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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: Reuben Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:17:18 -0800 (PST)
Subject: fund transfer
I apologize for intruding into your privacy, especially by contacting you through this means for a business transaction of this magnitude, but due to its seriousness and urgency, it became necessary for me to seek for your assistance.
I am Mr Reuben Miller, one of the investment managers of Aviva Investors. Aviva Investors is a business consulting firm, offering business advisory services worldwide.
Recently we have been confronted with the task of investing funds for our investors with Aviva which runs into hundreds of millions of British Pound Sterling and millions of pounds were made as profits for our investors and i secretly extracted 1.2% from the Excess Maximum
Return Capital Profit on each of our investors profit margin there by making a total of £17,000,000.00 Million British Pound Sterling.
I personally cannot lay claim to this fund because of my position as one of the investment managers and i decided to seek your partnership to co-operate with me in laying claim to the fund.
Our sharing modalities will be negotiated between us.
In View of this foregoing issue l will like to receive your response to enable me release the details and nature of this transaction.
I look forward to receiving your positive response soonest
Mr Reuben Miller
Distribution and Client Service,
London EC2R 8EJ