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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: "Allan Griffiths" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:24:26 -0800
Subject: Investment Proposal
RE: INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL.
I write to bring to your notice our investment interests and opportunities. We specialize in growth capital investments. We seek to invest in a broad range of areas of businesses around the world.
We wish to invest from a minimum of $5m, up to $500m, in any viable project that you or your Company requires funding, on an investor capacity.
Upon our review of your Business Plan, we shall determine on the project possible funding. We would finance any good, legitimate and viable business anywhere on earth, if its fundamentals are good.
Flexible options are available, ranging from profits sharing joint venture, or equity participation, or as Direct Foreign Investments or pure projects financing.
We finance without asking for collateral. And the tenor can be varied, from short to long terms, depending on each business/project's' peculiar needs and circumstances.
Endeavor to respond promptly, if you are interested in our services and if our Investment proposal above meets your investments' funding needs.