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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: Mr. James Eric <email@example.com>
Date: 19 Jun 2019 03:13:27 -0700
Subject: EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH INVESTMENT
I am a broker linked with high profile investors who are interested and willing to fund you in any current project you are undergoing, as they are privately seeking means of expanding their investment portfolio globally.
To this end, we seek to know the possibility of going into partnership
discussion with your company within your present scope of business.
Should you be interested to engage us for a more detailed discussion
on the aforementioned proposal, we would be happy to do so in whatever
medium you find much more appropriate for this engagement.
I look forward to your favorable response
Mr. James Eric