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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: "Luuk Janssen" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2019 18:44:19 -0700
Subject: Needs Business Plans ...
My name is Luuk Janssen, I represent a good
investor as a financial consultant. We need
good and viable business plans from capable
companies all over the world. My principal
investor can invest in your viable project if
you do have any, so if you and your company
welcomes our business proposal, both parties
will meet face to face to decide and discuss
proceedings; after-which the investor will
visit your project site for inspection in your
country before going forward with proper
documentation and funding.
Email : LJINVESTMENT2020@protonmail.com