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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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Bustillos" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16.09.35 +0200
Subject: Venezuela Investor Seeking Investment Manager??
My name is Mr Majid Emi Bustillos 62 years old from Venezuela, Personal adviser and business associate with Mr.Saif Al-Arab Gaddafi that deals in Crude Oil lifting, Gold and Computers situated in Tripoli-Libya.
I am interested to invest in your country and if you are willing to proceed with me kindly get back to me now.
Actually,My wife and I are high net worth investor in Libya through the assistance from Late Libyan President, may his soul rest in peace .
We are looking for a viable venture we can invest into and relocate out of Libya since the current crisis is still lingering and opposition are still hunting for Gadaffi friends and associate and we came across your business in the course of our research. This involved huge amount which I want to know if you have the ability to handle the trqnsaction.
Kindly email to us an executive summary of your business if you are interested in utilizing our funds.
NOTE: PLEASE KINDLY SEND THE REQUESTED EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF YOUR BUSINESS TO MY WIFE AT EMAIL GIVEN BELOW ATTENTION IT TO DR. MRS. ADA EMILIA IF YOU ARE WILLING AND READY TO PROCEED.
Dr. Mrs Emi
Contact My Wife Directly on her direct email below for easy response and immediate process.