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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Stephen Valentine" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 22:34:15 -0400
My name is Stephen Valentine. I saw your information while going through an Online Directory I would like to know if you have any projects in Your Country, involving large volume of funds, for which you seek finance to facilitate.
I am representing investment interests from Libya, interested in overseas investment in your country.
Presently, my clients are interested in financing projects and have mandated me to seek and find a reliable person or company with projects in these fields; Real Estate Development, construction, mining, oil and gas, airline and various trading.
If you think you have solid background and idea of making good profit in any of
the mentioned business sector in your country, kindly write for possible business co-operation.
More so, the Investors are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of generating 5-15 % Annual return on investment. If you feel disposed towards the solicited role, please reply with your name in full, Your direct mobile & telephone number,
Thereafter we shall come to understand the prospective areas of investment in your area or elsewhere to facilitate which will be conducive for investors.
I look forward to your prompt response. My Private Email: email@example.com