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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:
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Efficient Capital Investment <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 06:49:53 -0500
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED!!!
Hello, I'm Mr Jeffrey J. Brown from Efficient Capital Investment Company,
we deal on Cryptocurrency and Forex Trade, Get back to me I have a
profitable business to introduce you into.
We have three types of Investment.... Which are
1. PERCENTAGE Plan: in this plan You have to invest below $1,000 to get 3%
on daily basis till 5 working days.
2. BONUS Plan: You will invest $1,000 and above to get double of your
investment within 24 hours of trading, if you're able to invest $1,000 you
will get $2,000 within 24 hours trading, $1,500 to get $3,000 within 24
hours of trading, $3,000 to get $6,000 within 24 hours of trading
3. LIFETIME Plan: You can Invest any amount you are capable of and withdraw
your percentage anytime you wish.
Drop your Whatsapp number or mobile phone number with country code if you
are interested in making real money in a short period of time.
Thanks and remain blessed, awaiting your prompt response!!!.
Mr Jeffrey J. Brown
TELL: +1(563) 265-1483