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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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.James Vanhendrick" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 02:43:18 -0800
Subject: James F. Vanhendrick:- Contacting You for Investment Partnership
Fidelity Investments International
Oakhill house,130 Tonbridge,
I am Mr. James F. Vanhendrick,. I work as the investment fund manager of
Fidelity Investments International. The World's Largest Fund Management
Company with over1.2Trillion pounds Capital Investment Fund.
Nevertheless, as the Fidelity Investment Fund Manager. I handle all our
Investor's Direct Capital Funds and I have successfully made surplus profit
from managing their funds. I have excess funds which I have secretly
extracted 1.4% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit(EMRCP) per annum on
each of the Investor's Marginal Capital Fund.
As a Financial expert, I have made over 45, 745,000, 00 pounds from the
Investor's EMRCP and hereby looking for someone who has aqua farm
production business insight experience or a real estate mogul, whom to
trust. Someone who will stand as an Investor to receive the fund as Annual
Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Marginal Capital Fund on my behalf as I
cannot personally make claims for the funds.
All confirmable documents to back up the claims will be made available to
you prior to your acceptance of this business deal. The transaction is
clean and legitimate with verifiable proofs of the funds.
Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby the
funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any hitches.
Our sharing ratio will be 50-50 for both parties.
If you are interested, and capable of investing the total funds in your
country safely. Kindly send your email reply and include your direct phone
number so we could discuss more on phone as regards the transaction.
*N:B*; All our email correspondence must be in my private email box for
personal security reasons.
Mr. James F. Vanhendrick
Call: Oversea Hot-line +32 460 218 498.
Telephone/Fax Number 44 701 881 1001.