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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:
- ",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)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: SULLAH FINANCE <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:23:07 +0100
Subject: FINANCE YOUR BUSINESS WITH 3% INTEREST LOAN
We are a leading Finance house in the United Arab Emirates and our business
is to help you succeed. Finance is known to be a major barrier towards
actualizing your business idea and that is why We the Sullah Finance Fze
Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates, invite you to partner with us and benefit in our new Loan and
Project funding program. We offer flexible loans and funding for various
projects by passing the usual rigorous procedures.This Funding program
allows a client to enjoy low interest payback for as low as 3 - 4% Per
annum for a period of 8-7 years. We can approve a loan/funding for up to
USD 500,000,000.00 or more depending on the nature of business. We are
currently funding for:
* Starting up a Franchise
* Business Acquisition
* Business Expansion
* Commercial Real Estate purchase
* Contract Execution
* Other etc.
We are open to having a good business relationship with you. If you think
you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any venture,
please do not hesitate to contact us for possible business co-operation.
For more Details and Information Please write us back in our email address
Sullah Finance Fze
Sheikh Zayed The First St
United Arab Emirates
Tel:+971 52 8975257