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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:
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Loan Offer At 3% Interest Rate" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:36:30 -0000
Subject: APPLY TODAY
GET GUARANTEED FINANCE REGARDLESS OF YOUR CREDIT!
We are a Legitimate Reputable Money Lender. CREDIMADRID Loan are known for
providing finance for people undergoing financial difficulties.
CREDIMADRID Mortgage Loan has been accredited by the lender's council to
out loans to local and international clients. We have been given the
privilege to meet your financial needs. It doesnt matter if your credit
is less than perfect; in fact, even with bad credit, No credit or bankruptcy
youll get your desired loan. and we have made that difference
in the lending industry. We give out loan ranging from US$5,000.00 to
maximum US$5,000,000.00 to individuals in need of financial assistance,
that have a bad credit or in need of money to pay bills, to invest on
Services Rendered include:
Please write back if interested.
Upon Response, below is Loan application form
(No credit check, 100% Guaranteed!)
1. Full Name..........
6. Telephone Number......
8. Purpose of loan..........
9. Marital Status..........
11. Amount Needed...........
12. Loan Duration................
In acknowledgment to these details, you will be sent a well calculated
loan terms and rates for the period of time that you need the loan. Do
note that our loans are charged at 3% interest rate for a minimum period
of 5 years. We do not do any credit check before granting loans. Send your
e-mails to: email@example.com
Thanks for your understanding and waiting to hear from you.
Mr Daniel Herman