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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "CMG-CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GROUP" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:51:17 +0800
Subject: Re: Loan Offer With Low 2% Interest
We are certified loan lender, we offer secured loans to individuals and companies at low interest, and we offer long and short term loans. Our firm has recorded a lot of breakthroughs in the provision of first class financial services to our clients especially in the area of Loan and capital provision for individuals and companies.
In our loan scheme tagged 'loan under two weeks, every customer both local and international all have the guarantee of obtaining a loan from this company on the mode of secured offshore international funding for this process. Our service has been repositioned and standardized to meet customers demand in an economical way. We have brought ailing industries back to life and we back good business ideas by providing funds for their upstart.
We have a network of Investors that are willing to provide funds of whatever amount discreetly to individuals and organizations to start business and operations.
Lastly, we fund small scale loan firm, intermediaries, small scale financial institutions for we have unlimited capital.
For further details respond immediately to LOAN OFFICER Mr. Harrison Ken email : CMG-CAPITAL@qualityservice.com
James C Gordon