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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: "Ahmed Bin Talal" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2018 08:09:03 +0200
Subject: Net Business Executives!
I am a lawyer and financial director of a reputable firm operating out of Panama and Cayman island.
We provide discrete financial services for High Net worth Individuals, CEO's/Executives of Corporations and Senior Government officials globally. What we do is legal and within the ambient of the law, but following the leakage of the infamous Panama Papers and subsequent treat by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to publish more details and release more lists not included in the first ones, practically all our clients are no longer comfortable, they wants their accounts closed and transfer their assets and cash out from this Offshore locations to be invested in the real sector of an economy in any part of the world that have good prospects.
So we are looking for Manufacturers, Real estate developers, construction companies, oil exploration companies, mining companies ETC, that will be vetted to qualify for this fund injection. These funds will be given at a 0% interest, it is not a loan, rather it will be given as a tenured operational fund, and the investor is only interested on any agreed share of the percentage of profit declared, either quarterly or yearly.
Write me only if you believe you or your organization can be assessed for qualification and consideration to participate in this program.
Ahmed Bin Talal.