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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.
Fraud email example:
From: Quick Loans <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:01:22 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Get 5% Interest For All Types Of Loan
Quick Loans (Pty) Ltd
103 Katherine Quays
96 Katherine Street
Strathavon, Sandton 2196
Dear Valued Customer,
Whether you want to give your lifestyle a boost or have an unexpected
expense to deal with, a Loan from Quick Loans is the cost-effective
way of making it happen.
We are flexible: you can borrow from R10 000 to R30,000 000, and affordable
repayment periods range from 12 to 240 months for all types of loan at only
5% interest rate per year.
Helen Frans (Mrs.)
Loan Application Controller
Quick Loans Pty Ltd