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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:
- "million dollars" (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: "HSBC BANK" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:12:15 -0800
Subject: DO YOU NEED A LOAN?
Do you seek funds to pay off loans and debts?
Are you looking for funding to start your own business?
Are you in need of private or business loans for various purposes?
Are you looking for loans for the implementation of large projects?
Do you seek funding for a number of other processes?
HSBC is giving out loan from 5,000 dollars to 10 million dollars, any kind of money you want from pounds, euro etc, HSBC is giving out loans to citizens and non-citizens in and around the world as low as 3% interest rate per year, interested person should fill the loan application form giving below and you can also log on to our website on www.hsbc.com
LOAN APPLICATION FORM PERSONAL INFORMATION
Date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd):
Next of Kin:
Amount Needed as Loan:
Purpose of Loan:
Have you applied for loan before (yes or no?)
Thanks for your Consideration/Patronage.