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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. COLBERT REAGAN" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 28 May 2020 05:42:54 -0700
Subject: URGENT BUSINESS INVESTMENT
Good day and how are you doing? I hope my email finds you in good faith. I am Mr. Colbert Reagan General Manager of MENSKO MINNING (PTY) LTD. Please note: I have a very important business partnership deal to discuss with you. I noticed that I will be safe with you after going
through your profile while searching for a reliable investor and business executive to partner with. I inherited an abandoned government funds from my late CEO Dr Mensah Kofi, who was helping
corrupted politicians to detached government funds to oversee banks without executing their projects, contracts and while people are dying of poverty here.
Reason and source of the funds, before the demise of my CEO, he trusted the sum of twenty million, five hundred thousand United States of American dollars ($28,500.000) to be moved as usual for
them, but death took him away unannounced last 4 month ago without any other person aware of this information. I have the money with me in the bank and I want to entrust it in you that you invest it in your business or any good idea that will profit us as I cannot invest it here in my country to avoid being questioned after the death of my CEO how I released such amount of money.
Please I will arrange for everything to ensure the funds gets to you and the only request I want from you is to give me your:
with assurance that you will invest and manage the funds with 50% for each of us, no risk, no greed, no other party expect us. Please if you consider my request, kindly reply with the required items on my official email: firstname.lastname@example.org
meanwhile, upon receive your details I will explain further to you and funds release. Thank you for your kind consideration.
Mr. Colbert Reagan
Mensko Mining (Pty) Ltd