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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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Eva Green <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:17:46 -0800
I am Mr.Eva Green A Financial Loan Firm registered and licensed by ministry of
finance I am a money lender i give out loan to all in need of help.Are you
looking for money to pay bills?Are you looking for money for an investment? I
want you to know that i can help you with any type of loan at 4% interest
rate. Any interested applicant should please respond to my private e.mail
Your names ..........
Your address ........
Your Fax Number.......
Your Age.... ..........
You can contact me today if you are interested in getting a loan in this
company, contact me for more information about the loan process, process like
the loan terms and conditions and how the loan will be transferred to you. I
need your urgent response if you are interested.
Eva Green Loan Investment