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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "my names are " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Christopher Columbus" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:05:29 -0700
Subject: can you handle this on trust
Well, to begin, good day sir/ma..... It is my deepest wish that this letter gets to you. My names are Christopher Columbus, one of the international Funds Managers of Fidelity Investment International. I have a Business proposal which i will like us to divulge and make known to you. The World Largest Funds Management Company with over $2.5Trillion Capital Investment Funds. Nevertheless, as Fidelity Funds Manager, I handle all our Investor's Direct Capital Funds and secretly extract 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annual on each of the Investor's Magellan Capital Funds.
As an expert, I have made over $5.5million united states dollars from the Investor's Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) and i hereby looking for someone to trust this fortune to, who will stand as an Investor to receive the funds as Annual Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Magellan Capital Funds. All conformable documents to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance.
Meanwhile, I have worked out the strategies and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our Clearing Offices without any hitches. Our sharing ration should be 30% to you, 60% for me and while the rest 10% would map out for any expenses that occur during the claiming process. In case you are interested in this transaction. Kinly email me with your full contact address, your full name, occupation, marrital status and attach with the photo-page of your international passport or driver's license to enable me facilitate the necessary documents on your name as Annual Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Magellan Capital Funds.
Please email me back on this following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Christopher Columbus.