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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: "Jung" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:03:07 +0800
Subject: RE: INVESTMENT PROPOSAL
Dear Prospective Partner,
I am contacting you regarding transaction linked with Ms. Park Geun-hye the former President of South Korea. My name is Young Jung, my friend Ms. Park Geun-hye has presented a subtle offer which will need the help of a partner like you to complete successfully. Ms. Park is in a difficult situation and she must immediately relocate certain sums of money. More so, this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Ms. Park. The sum is currently deposited in the name of an existing legal entity. Your role will be to:
. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
. Receive the funds into a business/private bank account.
. Invest/Manage the funds.
. Value of funds: (US) $49 Million.
Everything will be done legally to ensure the rights to the funds are transferred to you. If you agree to partner with Ms. Park, she will compensate you with 20% of the total sum for your role as the beneficiary partner to the funds. Should you prefer I re-contact you with more express facts, you can send me your:
 Full Names:
 Personal Profile:
 Daytime Telephone No:
Be advised to visit the following links to be better acquainted with Ms. Park's current profile and personality.
You can email me for further details, terms and agreement.