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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: "MARIO" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 11:05:19 -0800
Subject: RE: ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MY INVESTMENT PROPOSAL?/REPLY!
ATTN: MY DEAR
I was privileged to come across your contact through my personal check on Investment Trade & Real estate Exhibition portal of our Country and on seeing your profile I decided that I should establish a communication with you to enquire for some information on lucrative investment in your Country as I am willing to invest in your Country in good faith as long as you assure me of your complete honesty and Capability because of the volume of the amount involved in this arrangement which I intend to entrust in your care for this investment.
I am ready to invest to invest in any kind of business proposed opportunities on a very private & professional manner.
Please confirm your readiness to partner with me in this investment arrangement and I will give you more details about myself, the amount involved, the source of the fund and its legality, in this respect, if you are interested to work with me as I believe, I will appreciate to hear from you immediately by confirming your full name, full address and direct telephone number where I can always reach you at any time so that we can discuss this matter accordingly,
I will be looking forward for a good working relationship with you.
Thanks and best regards,
I remain yours sincerely,
MR MARIO ANTONIO F ZEQUINHAS