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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.Scott Breger" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:55:44 +0200
Subject: RE:INVESTMENT/BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL/AU
3 Rowntree Road
Canada M9V 5G8
I represent a group of companies based in the Gulf Region with access to over 2
Billion USD. We are seeking means of expanding and relocating our business
interests abroad in the following sectors: Oil/Gas, Construction, Real Estate,
Stock Speculation and Mining, Transportation, Health Sector and Tobacco,
Communication Services, Agriculture Forestry & Fishing, thus any sector.
If you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any of the
mentioned business sectors or any other VIABLE 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 percent
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
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 detailed
information of this great investment partnership opportunity.
I look forward to discussing this opportunity further with you.