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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Falcon Credit Managment" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 06:17:51 -0800
Subject: COMPANY LOAN TERMS AND CONDITION @3% APPLY NOW!!!!!
I'm Damain Falcone respectable and reputable lender from Falcon Credit Management, I'm here to introduce a loan program that allows us to help people in financial difficulties and need financial assistance.
You need a loan?, Had serious credit / debt and need financial assistance? You have been rejected by banks and companies. This applies for financial assistance with a reasonable interest rate of 3% and provides loans of $2,000.00 to $ 2,000,000.00 (personal loan) and $ 500,000.00 to $ 500,000,000.00 (Business Loans) 100% guaranteed by the company and personal loans and unsecured loans are available.
If you are interested in our offer loans, Please contact us wth your information below:
(1) Name or Company Name:
(2) The amount of loan Needed:
(3) Loan Duration:
(4) purpose of loan
In this case, the requirement that we need and advance the proposal, along with the loans, you can view our presentation on:
You're welcome and thanks for the hospitality
Mr. Damain Falcone
Falcon Credit Management
8439 West Lake Mead Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89128
UNITED STATE OF AMERICA
Falcon Credit Managment