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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: Nicholas M.Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:09:07 +0900 (KST)
Subject: TOP URGENT
I am Mr. Nicholas M.Thompson,the associate director of Baillie Gifford Investment Trust Funds United Kingdom, the World Largest Funds management with over £3.2 Trillion Capital Investment Funds. Nevertheless, as Baillie Gifford Investment Trust Funds Manager, I handle all our investors Direct Capital Fund and secretly extracted 3.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annual on each of investor's Magellan Capital Funds.
As an expert, I have made £78,134,612:32 GBP (Seventy Eight Million, One hundred and Thirty Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Twelve Great British Pounds and Thirty Two Shillings) from the investor's (EMCRP) and professionally I reinvested these funds back to Baillie Gifford Investment. Now I wish to terminate my investment as I wish to open my own private investment company and invest those funds as soft loans into the management of private business and corporations with good business ideas that can generate at least 10% ROI per annual over maximum of 5 years duration. The funds will be disbursed based on a clear loan of 4.5% interest rate per annual for (5) years renewable tenure.
But as it is now I am inviting you to act as the investor of the said £78,134,612:32 GBP (Seventy Eight Million, One hundred and Thirty Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Twelve Great British Pounds and Thirty Two Shillings) to claim and terminate the contract as the investor. Please note that am a professional in this field and all documents and details to back the said funds will be provided by me and I assure you 100% risk free as a Vanguard Investment associate-If you agree to work with me to claim those funds and terminate the said investment, I will pay you off with 20% from the said funds.
I look forward to your prompt e-mail response.
Baillie Gifford Investment Trust Funds
Baillie Gifford & Co London,United Kingdom