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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.
- 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: Mark Hudson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mark Hudson <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:54:37 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: INVESTMENT OFFER
From: Hon. Mark Hudson Koffi.
Tel: + 233 545227232.
Send Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am confidently seeking for your mutual partnership in building a Commercial Real Estate or Investing in alternative solar energy business or any other viable and profit oriented ventures in your City. I am sorry if this is not in line with your present area of business. I need an experienced personality like you to assist me to set up, develop the project and assume responsibility of ownership as a Manager/Partner that will handle and oversee the progress over of all the business as well as account/distribute profit monthly or annually.
However, your immediate reply will be highly appreciated upon which I would provide you more information on this project plans and the financing. Please if you have accepted this proposal in its entirety and willing to help, kindly reply via my email or call me on the phone number indicated above as I would be glad to give you full explanations about my proposed intentions. Keep this information in trust until we have established and exchanged enough information to perfect this partnership plans. Note that I am fully responsible for the Investment Capital/Funding while I need your confidential and sincere cooperation's.
Thanks and regards,
Mr. Mark Hudson.