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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 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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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.
- +447045738744 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: "Sami Hafez Anan" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2013 16:28:18 +0100
Subject: Investment Proposal
I am formal Army Chief of Staff Sami Hafez Anan of Egypt.
I am presently trying to cool off in London, for just a short while.
I was going through your chamber of commence in your country when I run across your contact inquiry on the internet, hence I decided to contact you. I have confirmed of your countrys political stability, investment opportunities, good economic policies, dependable investment infrastructures, stable and buoyant economy and above all, the hospitality of your people.
Your Profile is outstanding in the business world, and no doubt you are a business technocrat or mogul, whom i need to make my investment dream come true.
I am ready to invest with you, either in your company, if it is permitted by your law, or in any other lucrative business of your conviction.
By virtue of my profession as a soldier, I am fully ignorant in the business world, but fully grounded on security matters and country politics. This is the reason why I need technocrats in business like you to invest with.
I have the sum of eighteen million five hundred thousand (18.5Million GBP) for investment in your country, and I will propose as follows.
1. I want any investment that in the next 8-9 years, I will get my principal sum back, and the investment will still be running. The profit from the investment, will be shared prorate between us at 50% each person.
2. I will be given you a free hands in both decision making, and venturing into any new lucrative business of your conviction.
3. I will like you to be my partner/manager/consultant, and am ready to give you 5% of the principal investment fund upfront immediately the total sum hit your account, for your upkeep and logistics while you run this investment for me.
If you feel that you can deliver. Let me have the following data below for my lawyer to draft an M.O.U (memorandum of Understanding)
As soon as you are issued the Memorandum of Understanding by my Lawyer, please study it, sign and return back to me through him, so that I will do same and send a copy back to you.please contact me with my private email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sami Hafez Anan