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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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.)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: CF Investments <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 02 May 2010 22:44:28 +0100
This is to inform you that we offer all types of Loan (Business,
Personal, Mortgage, Consolidation, Car, Student loan, etc) @ 3% annual
rate.Do you need a loan and have been turned down by your bank due to
bad credit? Do you have unpaid bills or in debt? Do you have dreams of
setting up a business? Contact us for a loan today and put a stop to
all your financial barriers.We are fast and reliable and honesty is our
To apply, DO NOT click reply BUT SIMPLY COMPOSE A NEW MESSAGE to the
loan firm via email:
Ben Garvin (Announcer).
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