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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:
- "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:
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:13:45 +0300
Subject: Business Proposal
With due respect to your person and much sincerity of purpose,I have a bus=
iness proposal which I will like to handle with you. My name is Mrs Amina M=
ohammed, I am a Nigeria Politician.
Due to the Current Problems of the Boko Haram and other Political related =
problems in my Country Nigeria, i can't invest Here for now. In that regar=
ds , I am ready to invest in any sector in your country, Such as Manufactur=
ing, Agriculture, Real Estate, Hotels,Schools and other Businesses that can=
bring good turnover in the expected time. =
The Fund with me is about $11.5 Million USD which I am ready to send to y=
ou if you agree to Partner with me. I will be looking forward for your resp=
onse and will relate to you all the necessary informations you may need.