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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:
- "email@example.com" (This email address looks like addresses used in fake loan scams. Be suspicious of any lender who uses a free webmail address or who is based in different country from yourself.)
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "DIAMOND FINANCIAL LOAN SERVICE" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 12:57:30 -0300 (ART)
Subject: LOAN @ 3% RATE APPLY NOW
141 PLAN FELINAZ
We are Diamond Financial Loan service, we are registered and
guaranteed loan company in here in Italy, and we give out
loans to individuals, companies, government establishments,
churches and business organizations. Are you in need of a loan
for any purpose? Are you in a financial problem? Do you need
financial solution? Diamond loans is the solution to all your
financial problems, our loans are easy, cheap, and quick.
Contact us today for that loan that you desire, we can arrange
any loan to suit your budget at only 3% interest rate,minimum
of 5,000euros to maximum of 950,000,00euros If interested,
contact us immediately,
Your Fax Number:
Brief description of individual:
Mrs Agona Martins