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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: "Mr. Ryan Rogers" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 11:20:28 -0500
Subject: Independent Financial Consultant Z
Good Day ,
My name is Mr. Ryan Rogers the Independent Financial Consultant. We are contacting you concerning funding of your business project. We are interested to partnership with you as we are seeking to diversify our financial portfolio into viable and lucrative business projects that worth it,
We are most interested in partnerships business ventures in Medical and Health care projects, Real estate projects, mining projects, agricultural projects renewable energy projects, Oil and Gas, start-up projects and business expansions / Loan with lower rate,
Your swift response is highly needed.