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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447010052346 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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 (Hotmail, United Kingdom; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Glitec Finance Loan" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:54:42 +0530
Subject: Do You Need a Loan?
We are a Legitimate Reputable Money Lender. Getting a legitimate loan has
always been a huge problem to clients who have financially in needs.
Glitec Finance Plc has been accredited by the lender's council to give out
loans at 3% to local and international clients.We have been given the
privilege to meet your financial needs.The issue of credit shouldn't stop you
from getting the loan that you need and have made that difference in the
lending industry. We give out loan ranging from US$5, 000.00 to maximum
US$5,000, 000.00 to individuals in need of financial assistance, that have a
bad credit or in need of money to pay bills, to invest on business etc.
Services Rendered include:
**Refinance *Home Improvement **Investment Loan
*Debt Consolidation *Business Loans *Personal Loans
Upon Response, below is Loan application form
1. Full Name 2. Address 3. Country
4. State 5. Occupation 6. Telephone Number
7. Age 8. Purpose of loan 9. Marital Status
10. Sex 11. Amount Needed 12. Loan Duration
In acknowledgment to these details, I will send you a well calculated
Terms and Condition for the amount you require.
Mr Fred Wallace
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