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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.
- +447042035673 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Eric" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:18:33 +0600
Subject: From Mr. Don Eric.
My name is Mr. Don Eric, I represent a group of company based in the Gulf
Region here in London. We are seeking means of expanding and relocating our
business interest abroad in the following sectors: Oil/Gas, banking, real
estate, stock speculation and mining,transportation, health sector and
tobacco,Communication Services, Agriculture Forestry & Fishing, thus any
If 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) Joint Venture partnership and Hard loan funding
can also be considered.
I am confident that you will give your consideration to this proposal and
respond positively within a short period of time. I am available to discuss
this proposal with you and to answer any questions you may have in regard
to this investment. As soon as you give your positive response to this
proposal, I will not hesitate in sending you the details information of
this great investment partnership opportunity.
I look forward to discussing this opportunity further with you.
Mr. Don Eric.