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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:
- "can i trust you?" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. David kwame" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 08:16:15 +0000
Subject: It is my pleasure to write you at this moment.93.78.
Fidelity Capital Management Corp.
P.O. Box 47895, Accra Ghana W/A.
It is my pleasure to write you at this moment.
I am very interested to know about you as I came across your contact. It may interest you to know that I have a Gold mining concession base here in Ghana and I also work as a private funds director in an asset management firm registered here in Ghana.
An investment funds in the sum of $150Million USD was placed under my management by a client interested in investing into your company/country and there is also 170 Kilos of Gold involved. Hence, I will like to count on you as the investment manager of the above sum & kg of gold .Please can I trust you? We will need your earnest response in other to move on with the investment plans and proceed as soon as you respond for more details.
Your kind attention to this proposal will be highly appreciated.Sincerely,
Mr. David kwame,
Director, Fidelity Capital Management Corp.