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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Philips" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:29:40 +0100
Subject: INVESTMENT LOAN
I am a registered solicitor and a financial consultant operating from
United Kingdom with affiliates partners.
We provide discrete financial services for High Net worth Individuals,
CEO's/Executives of Corporations and Senior Government officials
Following the leakage of the infamous Panama Papers and subsequent treat
by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to
publish more details and release more lists not included in the first
Practically all our clients are no longer comfortable, they wants their
accounts closed and transfer their assets and cash out from this
Offshore locations to be invested in the real sector of an economy in
any part of the world that have good prospects.
So we are looking for Manufacturers, Real estate developers,
construction companies, oil exploration companies, mining companies and
beginners that will require a loan on non-recourse basis.
A non recourse loan is an interest free loan, with no liability to the
borrower. This non recourse loan shall be secured by a pledge of
Reply to my private email only if you are interested, then we will walk
you through the program if your projects/investments requiring funding
Richard Philip ESQ.