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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: "Randall Rockeell" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:34:14 +0100
Subject: REF#765319TD (URGENT)
There is a genuine need for the investment of a substantial amount in a secure and stable economy around the world by my client.
The investment aims at Agriculture, tourism and real estate primarily, but will strongly consider any other business area or offer that can guarantee outstanding fiscal yields.
My name is Randall Rockeell, investment adviser to the concerned persons. The investment fund is already tied down securely as receivables and will be transferred to your individual/company account if we accept to work together.
You will only be required to stand in as the beneficiary while I make the necessary lawful changes to have the payment officially effected. We can discuss further about the modalities and the terms of your engagement as soon as I speak with you.
Kindly avail your direct phone numbers and I will give you a call. Note, that my client is a public office holder cum politician of immense standing; as such his identity must be jealously guarded and protected throughout the exercise for obvious reasons.
Let your reaction reach me via email soonest, if you are willing to receive, invest, and manage huge sums successfully.