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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:
- "% commission" (Beware of any scheme that involves depositing checks or money orders or receiving wire transfers in your bank account and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere, for a percentage of 5-15% of the total. Such offers are *always* fraudulent and you will be liable for the entire amount when the checks, money orders or wire transfers turn out to be fraudulent. Any money already forwarded comes out of *your* pocket then. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MK" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2022 21:30:01 -0800
Subject: Partnership Request ---------197
I am Mark Kone,a consultant and of African descent but based here in the U.K.I am contacting you after painstaking searching exercise to confirm that you have the reputation and capacity to handle the task ahead.
We are in search of a reputable person or company to do a partnership with.I am currently working for a government official who is a former Minister of Petroleum Resources in one of the biggest oil producing countries in the world.Unfortunately the country's refineries are not working so they depend very much on imported refined products.These products usually come in numerous very big vessels and the country does not have deep ports to berth such vessels in their country.Inevitably,they use smaller vessels to transfer the products from the mother- vessel from the high sea to their ports en-route Tank farms for distribution.
Now,here is the area of partnership.The ministry pays so much for the transshipment of these products hence the minister desires to get involved in a private capacity by proxy.Your role here will be to Incorporate a company and Register same with the ministry in accordance with the laid down rules of foreign companies engaging in commercial activities in their country.Once that is done,the minister will provide the necessary fund required to procure medium size vessels (7-10) in your company's name for the contract.
However,we are proposing a 30% commission for you from what is accumulated as profit.The anticipated monthly profit accumulation is in the region of usd 10-15m.
Please confirm your interest for further details.