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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:
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 09 May 2021 18:05:11 -0700
Subject: for your urgent cooperation
Dear Sir ,
Hope this email finds you well. I am contacting you because I have need for your urgent cooperation. I am
representing a family that has given me the mandate to help find a reasonable and profitable investment
structure. They have just inherited huge fund from their predecessor, and they have agreed to invest this
money in the next 5 years for a good Return On Investment(ROI).
I have been given authority to appoint a reliable international investor to invest this fund so I need to be
sure that I can trust whoever I am presenting to the family. I am working hand in hand with a financial
expert/compliance officer who will guide us through a certified and legal process.
The amount in question is $20 million USD,I want to present you as a foreign investor and authorize for the
money to be moved to you in your country. You will be given full authority to handle the investment, I need
someone I can trust and I need to be assured on my following concerns;
Can I trust you with the fund?
Can you keep a secret?
Can you help me find a good investment for the fund?
What areas of investment will you recommend?
What % share will you want to take for assisting me?
This is a very legal transaction and everything will be coordinated in black and white. The essence of secrecy
cannot be underestimated because a lot of money is involved. Let me know if we can work together.
Reply to: ChristopherCameron12@yandex.com
I await your early news.