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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: 14 Oct 2021 14:51:21 -0700
Subject: ACT TODAY
Zenith-crypto is a Crypto investment company by commercial traders with Over 10 years experience of successful activity in the Forex market and Bitcoin Mining. Since our team develops its own strategies of trading and currency exchange applying all professional knowledge, techniques and skills that allow us to generate stable cash flows with minimal risk of financial loss,OUR PAYOUTS IN 2020:
$207,496,633 paid through December 2020
Visit our website and contact us as listed below.
Jessica Wright | National Credit Manager
Phone: (617) 465-5680