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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:
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Richard Smith" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:24:44 +0100
Subject: RE: OUR JOINT INVESTMENT DEAL ( From Mr Richard Smith)
Re: AEGIS CONSTRUCTION CO:
I Mr Richard Smith of the AEGIS CONSTRUCTION CO. UK LTD, are brokering an investment project in United state Of America and Asia on behalf of a client.
This deal will involve an eventual investment of 38 Million USD in Real estate and Energy Venture within your country which has been chosen to represent your continent as contained in our original project file.
Iam by this letter offering you a partnership so as to allow me have you as my representative and manager of the invested funds within the time frame of the said Investment/Partnership scheme. Since we cannot determine if this email is still functional and also your willingness we have made this proposal brief.
If you are interested in this offer of partnership kindly respond and lets have your other contact details including your company profile which in return we will furnish you an elaborate proposal & detail of this offer.
Your expedient response will be very much appreciated. Only reply to this email if you are interested in partnering with me in this Real estate and Energy Venture.
Mr Richard Smith (Phd)
AEGIS CONSTRUCTION CO. UK LTD