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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: "Ibrahim shekarau" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:14:32 -0600
Subject: Spam: ***** SPAM 12.3 ***** Spam: Kindly get back to me for further details
I am looking for a Good lucrative investment in Your Country where I can invest my money in a profitable investment / lucrative opportunity with a return dividend which will be under your watch. I want to believe that we can build a cordial / mutual business relationship.
My preposition is to front you as my nominated Trustee to help receive my funds and further invest it in your Country in your Name or Company's name while I remain a Silent Partner. In these regard and in the spirit that you wholly agree to help out and likewise benefit from the investment deal which will accumulate from the initial benefit of 7% total deduction from total capital, with also a befit of 15% accumulated interest share which I am willing to give you after every month accountability share of profits.
Based on the above, I will appreciate if you can send me your recommended Business Plan for further study and for a guide, I am of the opinion to invest in Real Estates, Hospitality, Tourism, oil an Gas, Information Technology or any business you deem fit we can invest on.
Be rest assured that this transaction is 100% legitimate, risk free and unconnected to any form of illegality except that your full co-operation requiring your involvement morally,financially and physically cannot be upturned.
For more clarification in this worthy beneficial partnership,I will appreciate your further discussion and your humble response.