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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "chin sang" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2017 17:10:21 -0000
Subject: can you trust?
can you trust?
In my search for a business partner who got his contact in the google search. My client is willing to invest $ 10 million to $ 50 million, but my client said he needs a trusted partner that can have a meeting at the point of release its funds.
I told my client that has a good profile of your company with which I was given details about you in my search Google search. Can we trust you.
We can make a plan for a long-term commercial relationship.Email; email@example.com)
Please, if you are not interested delete this email and do not hunt me because I said my career and my family's life am at stake with this venture. Although nothing ventured nothing gained.
Mr. Chin Sang
For and on behalf of the investor,
1441 Yan a road Shanghai 200040 China