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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "CONTACTING YOU FOR PARTNERSHIP" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 09:08:59 +0200
Subject: CONTACTING YOU FOR PARTNERSHIP
This message is for the attn of:
The CEO, / Managing Director
A very good day to you..
This is Mr. Robert Mashala, I work with the South African Government, as the Contract Award Director.. I got your information on (IBD) and I decided to contact you.
Actually I have acquired some good sum of money through my position in the Government, and am looking for a serious and reliable person in your country who will work with me as partner for an INVESTMENT which I intend to start up in your country this quarter of the year 2018.
Please note that this is a serious project, please can you reply to this message if you are interested to partner with me so that we can discuss more about this investment and the way forward on the partnership, so that I can plan a trip to meet with you since it is necessary for us to meet face to face for discussion.
I am waiting for your response
Contract & Tender Award Director