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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: palmer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 17:17:20 +0000
Subject: HAPPY NEW YEAR
Specifically, I want to invest into Real Estate or Commercial Buildings and
also Shopping mall with food court, cinema and small concert area
commercial spaces for rent with a good parking lot,
All I need from you is trust and sincerity. We need good cooperation among
each other I contacted you to partner with you because I have no contact
person in your country to give me guidelines.
The total sum to be invested in the project is (US$11.5Million) and I would
appreciate your guidelines.
Please take note,I believe in your competence that you will act as my
investment manager. Otherwise, if you have any suggestion about kind of
business to invest in your Country please inform me. My main goal is to
invest the money.
Note we will sign a legal documents to facilitate the transfer of the funds
to your account without any breach of the law.
If you are interested, kindly get back with your below information for more
1) Your full name
2) Your mobile number
3) Your country origin
4) Your address
5) Your real age
I will appreciate your kind response.
My regards to you & your family,
REPLY AT: email@example.com