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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:
- "dear beloved," (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447045709683 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- +447035962016 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- +447006079615 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. John kennedy" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:44:26 -0800
Subject: Happy Weekend to you and your family!!!
The Scottish Investment Trust PLC
6 Albyn Place
Edinburgh EH2 4NL,
I am Mr. John Kennedy, the Fund Executive Manager of Scottish Investment International UK. The World Largest Fund Management Company with over £1.2Trillion Capital Investment fund and most diversified private investment company in UK.
As the Fund Executive Manager, I handle the company's Investment on stocks for 8 years now. In 2008 to 2009, I handled the company's Initial public offer sales (IPO). During these years, The Company had Excess and Maximum Capital Profiting investments, from the Excess return profit, I secretly extracted 1.2% from the bonus shares or stocks.
As an expert, I made over £45, 745, 000. 00 worth of stocks from the previous years Excess and marginal Capital Profit and hereby looking for a foreigner to trust who will stand as a share holder or the Investor of this fund with Scottish Investment International UK to receive the funds as Annual Investment Proceeds from the company's Magellan Capital Funds after which we will disburse the fund for our investment purposes.
All confirmable documents to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance. Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any hitches. Our disbursement or sharing ratio will be 60 - 40. If you are interested, send your direct phone number so we could discuss more on phone as regard the transaction.
Thanks for your understanding as I would wait to get immediate response from you.
Please do get back to me through my mobile number +44 704 570 9683 or +44 703 596 2016
Mr. John Kennedy
Cell: +44 703 596 2016
Fax: + 44-7006-079-615
Fund Manager Scottish Investment Trust Plc