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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:
- "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)
- "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!)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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: Norton =?iso-8859-1?b?RmluYW5jZa4=?= <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 01:34:08 +0300
I am Mr. Mark Carry (CEO) Norton Finance; we give out loans
People/individuals, local and international loans to all
World for just 3%interest rate.
Norton Finance is a leading online provider of finance. If
you need a
Consolidation loan, we have many flexible plans on our
lending panel to
Help you release the equity in your home. We can even help
What does Norton Finance offer?
Loans from ?3,000.00 to ?500,000.00 above for
purpose over any term
from 1 - 25 years.
Wide range of loan products.
Friendly and approachable staff.
Immediate decision in principle.
We want to help.
What Do I Do Next?
Read about the application procedure.
Simply submit a fully completed and accurate application
form for an
Immediate in principle decision.
YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATIONS
Age: ____________________Your names:_______________Your
Your Age:________________Your country:_______________Your
Your marital status:_________________Current Status at place
Monthly Income:______________Loan Amount
Purpose of Loan:____________________E-mail
You can contact Us right away by email:
Mr. Mark Carry
Chief Executive Office
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