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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: "BECKY E DAVIS" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2020 21:53:34 -0000
Subject: URGENT MESSAGE FOR YOU
First and foremost I would like to wish you and your family goodwill in this challenging time of Covid-19 pandemic and I hope you and your family are well and keeping safe. My name is Becky E Davis a broker with one of South African Wealth Management Companies. I got your contact (along with few other contacts) through an online business directory to present a glorious proposal of opportunity for an available investment fund.
One of my high profile clients is interested in investing a considerable amount of funds and assets abroad and has mandated me to source for individuals and companies with viable business ideas and projects that he can invest in.
Please kindly respond back to this email if you have viable projects and are interested in this opportunity respectively. Once I receive your response, I will give you more details and we can plan a strategy that will be beneficial to all parties.
Becky E Davis