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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 free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: " Mallam Ahmed Umaru " <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:01:16 +0200
I am Mallam Ahmed Umaru. An investment manager/solicitor Am contacting you based on a request by an investor who have interest for business investment partnership with you and we are ready to invest fund/finance any of your business plans or projects that need funds.
We represent the interests of very wealthy investors mainly from East and North Africa. This reserved group of individuals, whom our firm personally holding there asset instructed and approached us with a mandate to seek for a trusted firm or an individual such as yourself who has the experience and capacity to receive their assets and re-invest it into a good lucrative you will recommend. And we hope to become your long-term and reliable partner in business as long as you are willing to co-operation with us.
Kindly let us know your acceptance to this offer also you should furnish us with full comprehensive draft of your terms and condition. We are currently seeking means of expanding and relocating our business interest in the following sectors: Banking, Real Estate, Stock Speculation, Resort business, Mining, Transportation, Health sector and Tobacco, Aircraft, Shipping, Agriculture, Aquaculture projects, Oil and Gas, Energy Projects and so on. We also need to know about the area or idea of investment plans you are to propose. More so, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of generating 10% annual return on investment (AROI). JV partnership and loan financing can also be considered. Once we are convinced on your capacity to handle these assets we will then provide you with all necessary information including the unmentioned amount involved.
Please treat as urgent:. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mallam Ahmed Umaru