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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Maxwell Richie" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 04:32:51 -0800 (PST)
Subject: From Mr. Maxwell Richie
I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email address following a business proposal which I sent to you last time which requires mutual business co-operation, I hereby resent my proposition and also require your final consent. I sit as a financial advisory for my client who is willing to invest millions of dollars in Real-Estates, Agriculture, Oil sectors or in any other good business in your country.
She has advised me that once I get a reliable investor who has a good proposal that I should further with the person and strike up a lucrative deal. The issue is that my client lost her husband some time ago and due to some tribal protocols, She was accused of masterminding the plans that lead to the execution of her Late husband.
The fund is part of her husband's investment capital which she is trying to Transfer to an offshore partner who can invest in a lucrative business, while she battles for her release. She is willing to give out 20% of the total Fund as token of appreciation to who ever that she execute this deal with and then invest the other part with the person and share the proceeds of the business to the Individual as well.
Please get back to me with your business plans/your full direct contact information's and I will give you the full details of my plan upon the receipt of your response showing your honest interest to co-operate with me and follow all my instruction.
Mr. Maxwell Richie