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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:
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barr. Melenkus Wayne" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 06:56:41 +0530
Subject: UEGENT RESPOND
Compliments of the day. I am Barr. Melenkus Wayne from the United States.
A bosom friend of mine who was a politician before relocating to India is desperately interested in investing in India.
He is not entirely an experienced business guru. Therefore, he requires assistance from a well experienced and successful business or investment person.
Your net worth must be above US$500,000 and you must be able to handle a portfolio of about $15M.
This is not scam and I will not entertain a mid-level or low-level economy group. You must be in the high-level economic zone, a well earned business person or investment mogul.
The services required of you includes investment advice, partnership, and becoming a resident director after several meetings and a conclusive mutual agreement.
Kindly revert me with your complete information as demanded viz:
Worth Above Us$500,000-Yes or No:
Current Partner with Foreign Investors:
Never Convicted of Any Crime:
Kindly refrain from responding to this mail if you do not meet the above requirements.
More so, every qualified individual is welcome but only the most qualified will be chosen, and a table top meeting will be arranged between him and the investor there in India.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Barr. Melenkus Wayne
+1 862 772 0977