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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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (163; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Business Proposal" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 06:35:11 +0100
Subject: Take time too see
I'm sorry to intrude your privacy. I have a proposal that might be of interest to you, I have a client who is searching for good business owners that have got lucrative projects/business ideas where he can invest his funds. My client has great interest to invest in worthy creative start ups that has good potentials. He is not concerned about the type of project or the location of the investment rather his interest is that the Project should be one that will be able to yield a high return on investment. The investment range should be within the range of US$1million-US$ 200million. His plan is to invest in a long term (maybe a period of 10 - 15 years) and after that, will withdraw his original capital and at the end of every financial year both of you will be sharing the interest generated on any percentage you both agree on.thanks....
Mr. Eugen Hagler.
Contact EMAIL: email@example.com