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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: "Engr. Engr Henry Ajuma" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2020 13:29:07 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir,
We are Financial Consultant firm based in Amsterdam Netherlands. Our
client Micha OndÃ³ Bile, a former Equatorial Guinea Politician
currently living in Canada has directed us to get a very reliable Fund
Manager who will be able to Invest in your region. Can you handle a
High Profile Investment project? then provide more detailed
information on what you wish to invest into; so I can present it to my
client (the investor) for further discussion. Do you have any credible
business venture we can invest in? New Investment Project Idea OR
Existing Investment to key in and Expand capacity and productivity? We
are looking into investments in the following sector:
a) Real Estate
b) Oil and Gas
c) Tourism including 5 Star Hotels, and hospitality.
I will forward your reputable profile to my client for review once I
hear from you after which, we will be able to get a suitable channel
we can discuss or meet for the finalization of this investment.
Note that the above outlined sectors is only our recommendation, all
depends on what you wish to invest in according to your expertise and
assurance of good return of investment ( ROI.) I will be waiting for
your response .
I will be waiting for your response.
Engr. Engr Henry Ajuma