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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "on indication of your willingness to handle this transaction" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: George Benson <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:40:44 -0700
Subject: OFFERING TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOU
8th of October, 2014
RE: HOLDING FUNDS AND INVESTMENTS ON TRUST
I hope this email finds you in good spirit and high hopes!.I am writing to seek co-operation with you and your company on behalf of my client who intends to strictly invest his funds outside the shores of Africa. So he is looking for investment opportunities and projects to fund as investment,he seek any business that will guaranty a safe and secure return on investments long term.
In your own capacity, can investment with you being profitable as a partner? Capable of receiving funds and managing investments alongside charity works in your country?,and perhaps with your assistance, we could avoid high taxes. If yes, let me know if you have a project or investment that we can invest on and write me by providing executive summary and project details, then we can proceed from there.Otherwise forming a new investment will be considered.
The funds set out for this project is currently lodged at a prevalent private vault outside his native country Sierra Leone. My client is willing to pay a 10% "management commission" for your advised services and partnership. He also desires absolute confidentiality and professionalism in the handling of this deal. The funds involved are clean,legitimate and do NOT contravene any law of illegality or criminal activity.
On indication of your willingness to handle this transaction sincerely by protecting our interests and upon your acceptance of this proposal, I shall brief you further. I shall be glad to reserve this respect and opportunity for you, if you so desire, but do urge you to give the matter your immediate attention it deserves.
Looking forward to your response, you can equally email me with my private email for easy communication.