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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: Mira Consultancy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:05:11 -0700
Subject: Investment Proposal.
10th Floor, Al Sehab Executive Towers,
Seef District, Kingdom of Bahrain
It is my pleasure for us to be connected through this medium. I came across your profile and I would like to have more information about your business/company. I am the Consultant Officer of a reputable Investment Company that specializes in raising capital for public or privately owned companies through acquisition, private placement or reverse merger.
Currently we are sourcing for investment opportunities for our review and consideration and we provide financial and strategic advisory services to growing companies and entrepreneurs both private and institutional investors and I would be delighted to discuss further.
Well nice to meet you and I look forward to our further communication once I receive your response with your details (company profile/project)