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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: "Mr. Samuel E. Jonah" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:33:52 -0700
Subject: Re: Business relationship
Mr. Samuel E. Jonah
Jonah Capital and Equity Fund
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Re: Business relationship with mutual benefit
It is my pleasure to inform you that I have chosen to introduce you to a business relationship, hoping that you are willing to execute transactions which will generate huge amount of capital/funds.
I will introduce you to the business if you are capable and interest to get involved. If you are, please, indicate your interest by sending me an email and I will acquaint you with vital information about the business.
This is a legitimate and verifiable government transactions here in South Africa. I hope to have a wonderful business relationship with you soon.
Please, check my profile on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_E._Jonah
and/or you may Google my full name if you need more information about me. Thank you.
Mr. Samuel E. Jonah