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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 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: Susan Robinson Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:39:41 -0800
Subject: Contact us for a fast and reliable loan offer this coming new month
*Good day Sir/Madam,This is Central trust financial service . We are a
reputable,legitimate & Registered Company.Approved by the United kingdom
(UK) Government,we are also part of the finance company and money rendering
firm.We help in encouraging and act as facilitator to reduce your financial
stresses at a very encouraging rate.We give out Loans to individuals and
cor-operate body in need of financial assistance at ones convenience with a
reasonable interest of 4.9%. Do you have a bad credit or you are in need of
money to pay bills? if you are desperately in need of our assistance then
you will have to read carefully the company loan application form that is
attached to this message then fill and get back to us if you are satisfy
with it so we can proceed on your transaction. We await for your quick
response.Services Rendered include:RefinanceHome ImprovementInventor
LoansAuto LoansDebt ConsolidationLine of CreditSecond MortgageBusiness
LoansPersonal LoansInternational LoansBest secured loanCash LoanLow cost
LoanInternet LoanCheap Loan RateLifestyle LoanJoint LoanEquity LoanSmall
LoanDirectFinance Loan MoneyHome Owner LoanBank LoanWhat ever your
financial requirement are, A Loan from Universal Trust And finance will
always help.No social security and no credit check, 100% Guaranteed. We
Look forward permitting us to be of service to you.Sincerely,We await your
Quick Respond.You should contact us via our Email address
<Centraltrustfinance.email@example.com>We await your respond to help you
solve your financial problems.*