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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:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: " Mr johnson Kenny" <"www."@basil.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: " Mr johnson Kenny" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:05:00 +0900 (JST)
Reference: Investment Project proposal In Your Country.
Haven obtained your contact details and email address from an Internet Directory.
Am happy to introduce our company to you. We of the Overseas Investment brokering an
Investment deal in your country on behalf of a
female client in Saudi Arabia. This deal will involve the eventual investment of
USD - 50M. (Fifty Hundred Million Dollars) within your country.
We are by this letter offering you a (partnership), so as to allow us have you as
representative and manager of invested funds partner in your
country within the time frame of the investment/partnership schemes.
Since, we cannot determine if this email is still functional or valid and also your
willingness, we have kept this proposal brief.
If you are Interested in this offer of partnership, please respond and give us your
full contact details plus company profile if any,
and in response we will send you an elaborate proposal and details of this offer.
Your expediate response will be appreciated.