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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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Kluvert Associates" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2018 07:03:14 +0300
Subject: Re: Investment Inquiry on our 1st Party Client
Re: Investment Inquiry on our 1st Party Client
We feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business deal. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, but we choose to reach you through it because it only means in which we could reach you without any doubt/delay.
Amid the last year trouble of our client, Mr. Eike Batista, a flamboyant Brazilian oil and mining tycoon who's been sentenced to 30 years in prison just released to us a confidential notification to urgently contact you to accept some funds for safe-keeping/investment without any delay.
The current turmoils on Mr. Eike Batista Multi-Billion US Dollars Investments have actually caused us to send you this un-expected message and please kindly disregard if our message would make you unhappy but be rest assured that your sincere help would cost no pains as your assistance will reward you 35% per year.
Let's proceed if interested.
Marcio A. Hassian, Esq
Head of International Practice
Kluvert Associates Sao Paulo-Brasil.