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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.
- 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.
- +447031975765 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Melvin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 03:02:18 -0500
Subject: Can we talk on skype brief?
Can we talk on skype brief? My skype id is: mil1960111mail. I hereby representing group of Companies based in Russia. and we are currently seeking means of expanding and relocating our business interest in the following sectors:
Banking, Real estate, Stock speculation, Mining,Transportation, Health sector, Tobacco ,Livestocks and thus any sector.
If you think you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any of the mentioned business sectors or any other business in your country, Please write me for possible business co-operation. More so, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of generating 10% annual return on investment (AROI).JV partnership and loan financing can also be considered.
Your kind reply will be highly appreciated.
Melvin Kakha Sikharulidze
Tel: +44 7031975765