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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: "FUND MANAGER" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:33:12 -0300
Subject: <<<BUSINESS OFFER 12TH JAN 2016>
Apologies for the manner at which i am approaching you.I am a reputable Fund Manager with one of the worlds largest investment companies. I handle all our Investors Capital Project Funds which
enabled me to divert 1.2% of Investors Excess Return Capital Funds to our Magellan Trust Funds Account where any one can be presented to claim the funds.Total sum of, forty five Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Five Thousand British Pounds (45,745,000.00)BP has been diverted, representing 1.2% of Excess Return Capital Funds from the Investor Capital Project Funds for 2010/2011 fiscal year.
I need a reliable and trustworthy person with whom I can work this deal out so that we can claim the funds as mentioned above. There is no risk attached and
the funds in question can never be dictated or traced. Be informed that i will handle the expenses that may be required in this business deal.