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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. Tambo Jacob" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 23:54:05 +0100
Subject: I have investor that want to invest
I have investor that want to invest $250 Million into a company that
needs fund for expansion only. He can not invest the money to new
Companies that want to start up but into Companies that has been
making good profits but needs funds for EXPANSION. The investor is a
Petroleum Minister. Me and you will be entitled to 5% of any amount
received by the Company from the investor. Look for a reliable Company
that need funding and we can easily make 5% of the amount but we need
to maintain absolute confidentiality in the transaction.
His Area of concentrations are Real Estate, Biotech,Textiles ,
Information technology, Pharmaceuticals , Oil & Energy Industries,
Mining &Metals Industry, Management Consulting Industry ,Maritime
industry, Hospital & Health Care Industry, Consumer Services Industry,
International Trade and Development Industry ,Gambling & Casinos
Industry,Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing Industry, Insurance
Industry, Chemical industries, Marketing and Advertising Industry,
Leisure, Travel & Tourism Industry, Agriculture, Aviation, Retail,
Import and Export, Trade and development industry, Real Estate &
Construction Industry and any other viable investment opportunities.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mr. Tambo Jacob