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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 us 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: RABBAN INVEST <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:14:09 +0100
I represent Raban Group of Company as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
I got your contact from a Business Directory in my agents officeand I decided to contact you directly. We would like to know if youwill be willing to take up our offer of becoming our business partneryour country .
We invest with over $35 Million US Dollars and at the same timeshare the profits according to any discreet stipulated agreementsmade by both parties .
Upon acceptance of this offer,we shall make arrangement for a possiblebusiness meeting between you and my associatesfor Familiarization and subsequent mobilization.
The company awaits to know your decision about this offer,So please kindly get back to me immediately for more discussionsso I know how to proceed with the venture
Mr.Khalid Al Rabban,Rabban Group of Company