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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: "Mr. Peter Manto" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2019 06:10:37 +0800
Subject: BUSINESS INVESTMENT PROPOSAL(URGENT)
Mr Peter Manton
Allied Investment & consulting Services,
Date : 07 April 2019
I write to you based on a request by an investor who needs to invest his funds in your country. My name is Peter Manton, an investment Portfolio manager for Sub Saharan African Regions with our management head office situated in England, we represent the interests of very wealthy Investors / consortium mainly from East and North Africa, seeking for individuals & corporate bodies with Financial Management know-hows on portfolio / fund managements and investment strategies, ranging thru several fields and area of specialisation .
This reserved group of individuals, whom our firm is personally holding their assets instructed and approached us with a mandate to seek for a firm or an individual such as yourself who has the experience and capacity to receive their assets and re-invest it into a good and lucrative investment you will recommend.
Due to the sensitivity of their position they hold in their Organization and the unstable investment environment of their countries, they prefer to channel/move majority of their funds into more stable economies and developing nations where they can get good yield for their money and its safety.
The scope of my obligation is to create and fund investments opportunity with available funds in form of BONDS in any profitable short term ventures with calculated risk and maximum profit return mostly for private client (Fund Owner) and the Bank in EQUITY participation capacity. In recent times , I have been able to secure unlimited authority due to my Financial projections and decisions making .
If you have the required management skills, credible and viable ongoing projects, existing businesses that requires expansions on any level, we would be delighted to assist you on your projects with the necessary finance and resources required. Further details shall be discussed on hearing back from you on the terms of agreement, to this effect, you can get back to me for more information drawing a brief introduction of yourself and business operations to enable us revert and act accordingly.
Once we are convinced on your capacity to handle these assets we will then provide you with all necessary information including the unmentioned amount involved.
Mr. Peter Manton
For, Allied Investment & consulting Services,
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org