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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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- immediately via my personal email account: replyto: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org sincerely, suliman mardini (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Suliman Mardini" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2022 05:31:30 -0600
Subject: ...INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
I am Suliman Mardini, an investment Portfolio manager with a credible investment management firm, focusing on Asia, European Regions & United States Of America. We represent the interests of very wealthy individuals / consortium mainly from Gulf Regions, seeking for individuals & corporate bodies with Financial Management know-hows on portfolio / fund management and investment strategies, covering several fields and areas of specialization.
We tailor solutions specific to our clients' needs, In addition, we present bespoke investment strategies to our clients and represent their interests. We often set up SPV mechanism to facilitate international trade and investments, free movement of cash/funds via traditional means as we choose to work with the best set of companies and financial institutions
The scope of my obligation is to create and fund investments opportunities, thus, if you have the required management skills, credible and viable ongoing projects, existing business that requires expansion whatsoever, we would be delighted to channel most of the funds needed into such investment opportunity that you would present as long as they are viable. Further details shall be discussed on hearing back from you on the terms of agreement.
Due to the sensitivity of the position most of our clients (the investors) hold in their various countries and unstable political environments, they would prefer to channel/move majority of accessible funds into more stable and developed economies.
Upon indicating interest and showing your capacity to handle these assets, we will provide you with all necessary information and the specific amount of fund that would be made available to you for investments.
Get back to me immediately via my personal email account:
Replyto: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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