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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (This email address looks like addresses used in fake loan scams. Be suspicious of any lender who uses a free webmail address or who is based in different country from yourself.)
- 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: "Alliance secure financial Loan" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:43:06 -0700
Subject: Re: APPLY FOR 24 HOURS LOAN
We are legitimate and accredited money lender. We provide loan to people in need of financial assistance.
1 % Do you have a bad credit or you are in need of money to pay bills? We want to use this medium
to info rm you that we render reliable
beneficiary assistance as we will be glad to offer you a loan.
Service Rendered includes:
o Home Loan
o Home Improvement
o Car Loan
o Hard money loan
o Debt Consolidation
o Line of credit
o Business Loan
o Personal Loan
o International Loan
o Loan Blacklist
Contact us today and allow us help you out of financial hardship. Funds may be used for any purpose including personal or
business use. Send us an e-mail and request for a loan application to fill-up. Receive fast funding in less than 2 hours.
100% approval Guaranteed.
Contact us now for your financial solutions.
Alliance secure financial Loan
Contact email address:
Mr Micheal Daniel
Mrs Margret John