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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: Mr Alexander Owen <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2012 03:29:34 -0500
Subject: INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL
INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL
I am Financial Consultant representing a private investor. We are currently
seeking means of expanding and relocating our business interest abroad in the
following sectors: oil/Gas, banking, real estate, stock speculation
transportation, health sector and tobacco, Communication Services, Agriculture
Forestry & Fishing, thus any sector.
If you think you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any
of the mentioned Business sectors or any other business in your
write me for possible business co-operation. More so, we are ready to
and fund any business that is capable of generating 10% annual return on
investment (AROI) Joint Venture partnership and Hard loan funding can also be
If JV will not match your project, we are open to inject the above fund into
your project via direct loan with soft repayment terms, one (1) year
and 5.5% fixed interest rate per annum. 80% income-generating projects are
accepted. On property 70% LTV is obtainable. Secured or unsecured loan funding
is available. Term is up to 25 years with possible roles and extensions on
closing time line of 7-14 days. Should this be of interest to you, do not
hesitate to e-mail us back for further information. We take this
thank you for taking the time to read the contents of this email.