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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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org ] the contents and opinions (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2021 00:25:23 +0300 (EAT)
Subject: BUSINESS PROPOSAL
Dear Sir / Madam
Good to connect with you. I'm a consultant linked with DMGT Global Asset Management Company LLC which is a private lender company.
We offer loan and joint venture to clients seeking funding for their projects, we welcome any kind of project in any area and any sector. We will be interested in discussing possible collaboration.
Kindly confirm your understanding and interest in order to discuss further.
Dr. Gerald Van Luven
YASIR & CO.,
Office No. 22, 1st Floor, Khawaja Arcade, Wahdat Road, Lahore.
(Accounting, Audit, Tax, Corporate & ERP Services)
Cell No. 0321-444-0-253, 0336-4725-437
Office No. 042-37503025, 750 3038
[ https://email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org ]
The contents and opinions expressed in any email sent from Nzoia Sugar Company Limited are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Nzoia Sugar Company Limited. Nzoia Sugar Company Limited disclaims any liability to the fullest extent permissible by law for any consequences that may arise from the contents of any email sent from its systems including but not limited to personal opinions, malicious and/or defamatory information, and data/codes that may compromise or damage the integrity of the recipientï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s information technology systems.