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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: "Duaij Khalifa" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:02:38 -0700
Subject: Wait for your response
My name is Mr. Duaij Khalifa AlJeri, Chairman - Kuwait Project Management Company; I need your urgent attention which I believe you can handle for me. I have huge funds which I deposited with a reputable and trusted firm for investment purposes. I have concluded to contact a credible foreigner that will receive the funds and invest it on my behalf as my position does not permit me to handle this personal. I pledge to reward you reasonably and I already have all arrangement concluded to release the funds to you as the funds will be finally invested in your Country based on your business investment advice.
I eagerly wait for your response.
Mr. Duaij Khalifa AlJeri
Chairman -Kuwait Project Management Company