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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:
From: "MR. EDGAR THOMPSON" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:20:54 -0700
Attn: The Chief Executive Officer
The Managing Director
The Chief Financial Director
We are inviting Business Facilitators to bring forward Business Venture Proposals in order for us to select Businesses to FUND. I represent wealthy African Politicians, Heads of Government, Monarchs and Kings looking to provide commercial funding solutions for Cooperate Bodies, Companies, Industries and Individuals facing difficulties in securing finance. They also want to place their monies in stable business environments and they are offering a maximum Business and Project Development Loan offer to Cooperate Bodies, Companies, Industries and Individuals with Profitable Business Ideas and Investment Projects in any area of specialization that will make a better returns for both parties involved.
With a combined International pool of nearly Half a Billion US Dollars in available liquidity, they are offering a 100% Zero-Interest, Non-Recourse Project/Business/Development Investment finance to develop businesses and projects such as Real Estate Projects, Hotel/ Resort Projects, Merger/Acquisition Projects, Business Start-up and Expansion Projects, Oil/Gas Projects, Mining Projects, Government/Municipal Projects, Motion Picture/Entertainment Projects, and many other types of projects, to name a few. This will be in the nature of a "ZERO INTEREST" "NON-RECOURSE" Business and Project Development Financing for a start off period of 10 years, in addition to a 5% compensation for the amount successfully evacuated for expenses. Both parties will schedule face to face meeting in Dubai, U.A.E to sign contract and release of investment capital to the borrower.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal to take advantage of this Financial Facility, please contact me directly on email with your SERIOUS ENQUIRIES ONLY: email@example.com
MR. EDGAR THOMPSON