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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.
- 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. ZackKareem"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 03:57:06 +0200
Subject: PROJECT SOLUTION
I, Mr. Zack Kareem, I represent a well-known African family. I have a very sensitive and private brief from this family to ask for your hand in partnership to re-profile a high amount of value. I will give the details, but in summary, the fund is in a Bank in South Africa where we have a considerable stake and believe my proposal provide the most comprehensive approach if given a chance it deserve.
Presently we have established a profiling channel through our bankers in South Africa. We need to present you/your Company as a management Consultant to undertake and complete this re-profiling job. This is a legitimate transaction.
I propose that you will be compensated with a well merit percentage of the total amount for your proposed "management consultation invoiced charges", for your support to re-profile this funds appropriately, if we're able to reach terms.
If you would be interested in working with me in utmost confidence, please write back by email and I will provide further details.
Whatever your decision, get me back. I look forward to it. For Security reasons contact me via email only for now.
Mr. Zack Kareem.