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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: "Ms. Heidi Meier" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2018 18:18:36 -0800
Subject: URENT REPLY NEEDED ZRHHSRUTBD
I appreciate your interest on this, I'm the investment broker to
Mr. Von Johannes 79yrs a successful politician, He's married to
Liu Chuo Johannes.She is a Chinese, They been married for 48yrs
with a daughter whom they lost last year February 14 being
Valentines Day in a car accident with her boyfriend.
The wife is been sick and Mr. Von is not getting younger as an
old man. it takes much to look after all his investments and his
home. Mr. Von is seeking for a business investment which would be
of an opportunity to you and your family because he can't take
care of all his businesses all over, for that reason the wife ask
him to build a business relationship with someone that he can be
trusted. someone who understood the condition of what we are
passing through being childless. I have been Mr. Von Johannes
personal investment broker for 15yrs now, So he told me he is
willing to invest $1 Million to $50 Million US dollar with any
trusted partner for a long term investment. I still believe there
are still good people on earth.
I appreciate if you give this opportunity a good thought for
there is no harm in trying. It's all about creating better
opportunities and making good money for business growth and
development. If you are fully interested send summary of your
business plan for evaluation and also your direct mobile
telephone numbers for an initial confidential communication..
Reply to this email: email@example.com
Dr. Meier Heidi ,
Taikang Finance and Loan Limited