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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: "Khalid Al" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2018 22:16:40 -1100
Subject: BUSINESS / INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP
Greetings from the Gulf Region.
RE: BUSINESS / INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP.
I represent a group of companies based in the Gulf Region that want to
invest a total of $ 355 million in foreign investment. We are currently
seeking means of expanding and relocating our business interest abroad in
the following sectors: oil / gas, real estate, construction, stock, mining,
transportation, health sector, communication services, agriculture or any
other viable sector.
If you think you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in
any of these business sectors or any other business in your country, please
write me for possible business co-operation.
More so, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is able to
generate 10% annual return on investment (AROI) Joint Venture partnership
and Hard l-o-a-n financing can also be considered.
We look forward to discussing this in detail with you.
Mr.Khalid Al Rumaihi
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