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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Daniel Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 04:14:31 -0800 (PST)
Subject: RE: NEW YEAR PACKAGE FROM EURO PACIFIC INVESTMENT GROUP LTD
Are you an entrepreneur seeking funds for start up business,to execute
projects or expand already established company? Look no further. EURO
PACIFIC INVESTMENT GROUP, a licensed and Reputable Finance house based
in the UNITED KINGDOM can give you a Personal/ small scale Loan of
between 500,000 to 5million Euro OR 5million to 50million Euro or more
for Commercial ventures at very low interest rates.
1: Only serious individuals, CEO's etc seeking funds should respond.
2: You must have an occupation, business with good income standing.
3: You will deal directly with the finance house.
4: You must have a Business/Investment Plan that will yield turn-over to service the Loan.
Upon receipt of your response, l shall send you an outline of the Procedure.
WELCOME TO EURO PACIFIC INVESTMENT GROUP,WHERE BUSINESS GROWTH AND EXCELLENCE IS OUR PRIORITY.
I await your response.
Dr. Daniel Smith