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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "loan amount" (Beware of fake loan offers. Real lenders would not normally use free webmail addresses such as Yahoo, nor would they lend to individuals or small businesses in a different country from where they are based. Beware of mobile phones or redirector numbers!)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "premiers finance1" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:17:34 +0800
Subject: Apply for Loan @ 3%
I can provide you with any purpose loans to base on a collateral free package. We can help regardless of your financial circumstances, our firm has recorded a lot of breakthroughs in the provision of first-class financial services to our client so:-
- Do you seek a Business Expansion or Business Startup Loan?
- Do you Seek Personal loans?
- You can borrow anything up to $49,999,999.99 USD
- Accept an affordable interest rate of 3%
- Choose between 1 and 20 Years to repay.
- Get both Secured and Unsecured business and personal loans.
- Fast and Urgent loans can be provided.
- Do you wish to refinance your home?
- Do you wish to consolidate your former loans?
- Have the banks told you you're not qualified?
- Do you have a horrible credit?
- Have you ever experienced bankruptcy?
If you are interested in getting a loan or need financial advice, do not hesitate to contact us Premiers Finance. If you need loan then you can provide me details below email: email@example.com
Loan Amount needed: