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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:
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. R Nas" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mr. R Nas" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 01:20:48 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY!
How are you doing today and your family? I'm a United Kingdom citizen living in Dubai, UAE and I have a lucrative Loan or Investment funding proposal to discuss with you which is very important, I'm contacting you regarding my client's intention to partnering and fund extremely wide variety of projects including real estate, Amusement parks, eco and green projects, golf courses, hotel and resorts, manufacturing, residential housing, tourism and tourist projects, water parks and many other types of project.
Kindly let me know if you have viable project or lucrative business plan which needs partnership funding, my client is a Middle East Region local who's family ties with the Royal families of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. he is seeking partnership outside the Middle East Region for strategic investment round the world.
The terms and condition will be available only if you are interested, this is an opportunity to fund your investment projects without bank's high interest rates because my client has great interest to invest in worthy creative startups that have good potential. he is not concerned about the type of project or the location of the investment rather his interest is that the Project should be one that will be able to yield a high return on investment. The investment funds are currently deposited with an Investment Finance Group in the UAE.
Please contact me immediately if you are interested, funds are in the UAE ready to be invested only with suitable business plans from a company or credible individual.
I wait to hear from you soonest.
Mr. R. Nas