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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: "GK CAPITALS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 10:07:46 +0200
Subject: Business investment funding
The GK Capital Group is a venture capital firm specializing in growth
capital investments.It seeks to invest in public and private securities in
a broad range of areas including real estate, energy, oil and gas,
emerging markets and high-technology. Within the technology sector, the
firm focuses on communications, software and digital content and services.
The GK Capital Group is an independently owned, international organisation
specialising in providing financial solutions for any purpose, in any
situation. Founded by Beijing Zhu, the GK Capital Group takes great pride
in satisfying the needs of our clients. Our primary focus is to simplify
the whole process to borrow money and create Investments.
hezekiah gbemiro: The GK Capital Group portfolios are structured and
registered as Fund of Funds and these are actively managed by our
The GK Capital Group intends investing in a range of between
$5Million-$100Million in any viable projects that your company requires
funding on an equity investment capacity/Loan Applications, on vetting of
your company's Business Plan we shall determine on the projects possible
Endeavor to respond promptly if the investment proposal meets your
GK Capital Group
LEVEL 19, IFC TWO TOWER,
8 FINANCE STREET,
CENTRAL HONG KONG
Tel: +852 819 72872
Fax: +852 301 29738
Email : email@example.com