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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: "George Adams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 06:53:59 -0300
Subject: Investment Proposal
I wish to contact you as a foreign partner who will assist me and my
client, Actually am working with a UK consulting firm as an operation and
marketing representative for the company for almost five years now and am
on commission agreement with this company which is not suitable for my
living as far as global recess is concern, I have given my company many
customers across the globe.
There an opportunity came to me as regards my job, I have a client who is
a retired bank director from the central bank in Benin Republic he is an
old man of 90 years He is ready to release some fund ($15Millon)for me
with the condition that I can manage this fund for an investment But I
have decided to put you as my boss in my company that we can manage this
fund for him he trust me. He has sign agreement for me that this fund will
be in our possession for 10 years investing the fund in any sector of
economy and we have our own percentage too.
I want to do this without the knowledge of my company, and I have also
submitted a letter of resignation to my company, Because if I bring this
opportunity to them again they will not compensate me, what I need from
you is that I will use your name as my boss so that this man can release
this fund to both of us, He only want to see your name as a foreigner.
This does not require any Experience from you I will do everything in the
transfer of the fund and all documentation with the assistance of the
lawyer so that everything will be legal.
PLEASE YOU SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF THIS MESSAGE. I DONT ASK YOU FOR MONEY OR
SEND MONEY TO ME. I am only to clarify this for you to understand the
genuity of this partnership, and nothing will be done until the both of us
meet PHYSICALLY I will details you the meeting place and position of this
fund, Once I receive reply from you I will fly from united kingdom to meet
the Old man so that we can talk to you on phone please send your phone
Mr. George Adams