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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.
- 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: "MR PHILLIP MOOR" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:22:03 +0530
Subject: LOAN OFFER
LOAN OFFER, ( 2012 ) BARCLAYS BANK LOAN AND
SERVICES (UK) IN CONJUCTION WITH *UNICEF*
(UNITED NATION CHILDREN FUND) *(U.N)*
Exchange Home Primrose Street, London city EC2A 2HS (UK) UNITED KINGDOM.GENERAL CONTROLLER , LOAN OFFER,
DR SANCHOS FERGUSON,reply to this E-mail id, email@example.com
00447010059447 uk line
LOAN ANNUAL AWARD OFFER 2012
THIS IS TO ASSIST THE WELFARE OF ALL OUR SUPPORTERS WORLDWIDE.
we are reputable bank and financial fund Lenders / loans services.this is to inform the general public that (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
U.S.D ($500,000.U.S.DOLLARS) loan has be awarded to individuals, co-operate bodies, firms and companies in need of loan.,in other to
assist the welfare /.capital development to all unicef supporters, all over the world for the financial assistance to children under united nation
(unicef) worldwide .
LOAN SERVICE OPTIONS
(1)--------Cash delivery by diplomantic means to your designated home address.
(2)--------bank telegrafic transfer via/through demand bank draft to your local bank account.
our diplomatic representative will contact you and meeting with you befor the commencement and the trasaction of the loan offer.
BORROWERS / INTERESTED MEMBERS REQUIREMENT
(1)--unicef membership /regisrtation card number (2)--Amount of loan $500,000,00 u.s.dollars(3)--collateral (4)--valid international passport
(5)--Loan Duration "one year"(5)--Monthly Income percentage * rate/charges 3%( monthly*.
FILL THE LOAN APPLICATION FORM
*Your full name:*Permanent Address*Gender: *Marital status: *Current Age: *Profession :*Business name: *Work/business* Home phone:*
*Office phone:*Mobile Number:*Nationality:*Country:*State/province:*City:*Occupation*reply to this e-mail id, *firstname.lastname@example.org
contact our Representative diplomant
VIA reserve bank of india;(RBI)
MR PHILLIP MOOR