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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "million us dollars" (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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Giuseppe Taibi" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2018 15:28:24 -0000
Subject: Re: FOR YOUR INFORMATION
I solicit your kind assistance to purchase properties in the fastest developing areas in your country with client's portfolio, the total sum of $265 Million US Dollars is currently at Forex Reserve System (FX Reserves) ready to purchase the needful properties. I will link you to the Forex Reserve System (FX Reserves), while you register domiciliary account therein to easily access the fund and make transfers into your operative bank accounts.
As the Group Chief Marketing Officer of Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, I have been handling clients portfolios without achieving anything reasonble for myself because profits goes to Bank Treasury. Please bear in mind that Forex Reserve System (FX Reserves) is tax haven, which means you can operative any amount at FX Reserves without incurring tax, and your domiciliary account will be accompanied with checkbooks and credit card.
I have deliberately decided to privately channel new client's portfolio into real estate outside this nation and you must maintain our confidentiality. I will come to your country to purchase properties with the funds after you have received it completely. Finally, you will be entitled to 5% of total amount for receiving the portfolio confidently while we commence real estate investment in your country. I look forward to your fast reply
Group Chief Marketing Officer
Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad
Jalan Munshi Abdullah, 50100 Kuala Lumpur