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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:
- "million dollars" (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)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "email@example.com" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: Ahmad Dangote <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 02:18:29 +0700
Subject: INVESTMENT INQUIRYING IN YOUR COUNTRY..
We undersigned Dangote Group are interested in doing a Long-term Joint
Investment partnership with your good self on reasonable size of
Investment on the following
business area in your location.
Most top Priority,are listed below:
a Selling of Commercial and industrial property
b. Hospital clinics. Mult-National Grade and Hospital Equipments
c. Producing Fish Meal and Seafood business
d.Agricultural Fish Farming
Any profitable line of business.
We will provide 100% funds for the Long-term Joint venture business and
will handle total control of day to day management operations of the
Joint venture business.
Within the Joint venture business,we will share profit after
business 20% share to your side and Dangote Group will own 80% share
We insist to take 80% Provisional Fixed Assets on Joint Venture
Investment which allow us to earn 80% share Dividend Profit After
Taxation and you will earn by retainership 20% share Dividend Profit
This Long-term investment funds 250,Million dollars will have a first
Contractual probationary tenure of 5 Years and funds Collateral will be
provided by our Dangote Group joint venture investment funds.
If you accept to enter into this Joint venture business.?
Kindly get back to me with information of how much funds you need to
Joint Venture Partnership,
From Alhaji Tajudeen Sijuade, Group Finance Director on behalf of
President / CEO
International Group Investment Director
Mobile Telephone +234 -7061174237
Union Marble House, 1 Alfred Rewane Road,
PMB 40032, Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos, NIGERIA
Telephone : 234 -1- 270 2893, 271 2231