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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: STRONG BRIDGE CONSULT LTDA<email@example.com>
Date: 6 Oct 2020 20:13:51 +0100
This is John Brooks. I am an investment broker. I want to inform
you that I represent an Investment Group. We are expanding our
global presence by investing in viable projects across the globe
, as well as assiting business to grow in this trying time of the
covid 19 pandemic. We will are willing to inject from $1,000,000
to $300 million and more in a viable project(s)
We grant our funding at a 4% ROI per annum for 10 years and 12
months moratorium. If you have a viable project that needs
funding, kindly get back to us with your business plan and
executive summary for our review and possible funding.