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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: "Mrs. Zarina Fuso" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2020 18:36:23 +0100
I have contacted you in request for an investment to be a fund manager to my client. I am an attorney/solicitor, My client wish to invest in public and private sectors in a broad range of areas including real estate, energy, oil and gas, emerging markets, and high-technology.
Within the technology sector, the firm focuses on communications, software, and digital content and services. My client Sofea Aladdin is from Jaramana Syrian Arab Kingdom. She wish to invest between $80 Million to $100 Million USD in any viable business that will yield good profit at the end of every year. This will be a silent and Private Placement Investments.
Endeavor to respond promptly if you are in interested on the investment plans.
I shall explain more to you on how the investment should go. I shall also link you up with my client to discus terms before we proceed.
My regards to your family.
Mrs. Zarina Fuso