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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Neville" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:49:24 -0700
Subject: MAKE MORE CASH WITHIN MINUTES
Hello there, GREETINGS FROM MONETARY INSTALLATION.
Here's an opportunity for you as a potential investor to make more capital within an HOUR, and get more than what was placed in
for investment, installations are being done through system which reads the little capitals used for reclaims and also, the
additional zero being added to the investment is being issued by WU and MGM, for an installation to be processed, you as an investor would
provide the requested information, that would be needed for an account to be created for your investment to be carried out.
1) FIRST NAME:
2) LAST NAME:
7) AMOUNT PLACED FOR INVESTMENT:
9) MARITAL STATUS:
For Example, if you as an investor place $100 for investment, the system would pair you with another investor randomly within the same
zip as you or random.
Invest $1000 and get $10,000 in return.
$200 - $2000
$300 - $3000
$400 - $4000
$500 - $5000
$600 - $6000
$700 - $7000
$800 - $8000
$900 - $9000
$1000 - $10,000
$2000 - $20,000
$3000 - $30,000
$4000 - $40,000
$5000 - $50,000
$6000 - $60,000
Investments are done from various and different zips, but all installations are recorded and also processed in the rate of USD.
Invest now and make a difference to your capital.