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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:
- "email@example.com" (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: Mohamad AlSoud <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 16:47:44 +0100
Subject: SITUATION IN SYRIA
I would like to invest in your country/company to be precise in areas
related to Shipping Company, Real Estate or building a Tourist
Hotel/shopping Mall, food processing factory, Oil & Gas or Construction, I
am sorry if this is not in line with your business.
I am Eng. Mohamad Roudan Al Soud from SYRIA. I am looking for a possible
tie up with a business in your country so that I can do some investments
there due to civil war and unrest in my country SYRIA, I wish to relocate
my investment capital to your country, any viable investment idea you
suggest to me will be considered.
I acquired this money legally as result of Oil acquisition, if you are
seriously interested kindly contact me through my private email:
email@example.com for more details.
Kindly, reply me so that we can discuss further.
Eng. Mohamad Roudan Al Soud.