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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:
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: PRIVATE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:53:24 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Partnership Investment..
I wish to contact you personally for a business investment worth of $15,3M,United State Dollars, hopefully that you will respond positively to this offer.I got your reliable contact from a business diary and further explicit investment information about your Country
I need a reliable, honest and capable person who will be able to handle this transaction hence I am contacting you, and I believe that you will never turn down my request.
I am Honorable.Mr Usman Yusuf, I am a nationality of Libya and presently in United Kingdom with my fund of $15,3M,United State Dollars,i am interested to invest in your country.
Hence am looking for a reliable local partner, who i can trust with my fund for upward investment,this person will be responsible for investing my fund into a high yielding profitable Capital Investment also will be responsible for setting up the management company and running it.
My position is to be a Silent Partner to my partner. Let me know so i can be able to direct my Attorney to contact with you and discuss further details and planning also to sending you my proposed draft Memorandum of Understanding, for you to study and understand more about my proposal before we can schedule a meeting date for us to talk face to face or meet and discuss more better.
You can furnish me your Name,Address and Telephone Number for more discussion.