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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.Jeffrey Zandal" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:53:01 -0700
Subject: URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
RE: URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
I represent a group (family) that is seeking to invest in a reputable company and having come across your company, we have decided to contact you. The group is seeking to invest either 100% in your company or any profit making business in your country which will generate 8% - 10% annual return on investment (AROI).
He is also seeking for a partnership in any of the mentioned sector. I am confident that you will give your consideration to this proposal and respond promptly.Please get back to me through my private