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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: "Mark Brett" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:07:20 +0200
Subject: Project Funding
We are Ascent Capital Group based in United States of America and Europe. We offer funding in a form of a direct loan at a low interest rate at 5% interest per annum. We are also open to Joint Venture at 40% Return On Investment (R.O.I) for a period of 5 years with an option for re-investment once both parties involved are satisfied with the profit accrued from the project.
Feel free to send in your business plan, executive summary and financial projection for review prior to funding. We are willing to sign a Non Disclosure agreement with you upon request for your protection.
We look forward to doing business with you.
Mark A. Brett.
Portfolio Manager London office
ASCENT CAPITAL GROUP, INC.