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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:
- "greater london" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million pounds" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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.
- +447035945729 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- +448712638336 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "J.P. Morgan Asset Management" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:02:54 +0100
Subject: J.P Morgan Investment
J.P. Morgan Asset Management UK
20 Finsbury Street Islington, Greater
London EC2Y 9, United Kingdom
I am Mark Wayne a financial consultant with J.P. Morgan Asset Management UK; a business developer, stock broking and portfolio Management Company based in the United Kingdom. I went through your profile and I will like to develop a business partnership with you, one of the clients in my portfolio will be interested in investing Sixty Million Pounds in your country under your care.
The reason why we have contacted you is because the investor/my client is specially interested in investing in your business sector, I will like to keep the detail short for now. If you are interested in this opportunity, kindly get back to me through my private email listed below, Do not forget to include your direct cell phone number and the best time to call you in your reply, I will ring you up to discuss the modality and other details once I get a reply from you.
I am looking forward to your response and working with you on this Investment project
Web Site: www.jpmorganassetmanagement.co.uk