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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:
- "million dollars" (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)
- 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.
- 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)
- fax: __________________________________ hank duzzer firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (Freenet; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "CA-CREDIT AND FINANCE" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:24:35 +0100
Subject: CA-CREDIT AND FINANCE WILL MEET YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS
With CA-Credit & Finance, You get Long Term, Fixed rate financing for a very reasonable interest rate. And the best news is that you typically put down only %10. A CACF loan is for Purchase and Improvement of long term fixed assets such as lands, Buildings, or certain equipment, offsetting of Mortgage debts and card loan. As the premier national financing program for small businesses that are expanding and creating jobs. CACF Loans are truly the money that make you walk tall.
Who is Eligible? Independently owned, for-profit businesses that meet the CACF Requirements are eligible. Generally these are businesses that are ready to expand by investing in fixed assets.
Generally these are businesses that are ready to expand by investing in fixed assets loan ranging from $50,000 to Several Million Dollars.
How do I apply? Its easy, Get Started write,
Full Name: _________________________
Marital status: _____________________
Contact Address: ______________________
City/Zip code: ________________________
Date of Birth: ________________________
Amount Applied: ________________
Loan Duration: ________________________
Monthly Income/Yearly Income: _________
Purpose for Loan: _____________________
SMS CACF to +447418478428