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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Jerry Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:45:12 +0000
Subject: Hello, dear friend respond upon receipt of this mail.
Hello, dear friend.
I need your services in a confidential matter regarding an the eventual investment of USD $5,860,000.00 ( Five Million, eight hundred and sixty thousand Dollars) deposit here in Europe,you will receive these funds under legal claims. Meanwhile, i found your email contact address listed on an internet business directory and it is my wish to do business with you, hence your receipt of this letter.
I am brokering this investment deal on behalf of a client. Therefore by this letter, I am offering to have you manage this funds in your company OR into a viable investment in your country.
I have kept this proposal brief, if you are Interested in this offer of partnership, please respond by forwarding us your full contact details or company profile. In response, I will send you an elaborate proposal and details of this offer.