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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:
- "email@example.com" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Stephen Marcelo" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:59:35 +0300
Subject: Goldstar Business Loans 3% interest rate Guarantee
Do take a moment to consider the contents of this letter. My contact to you is strictly personal and confidential. I dare now contact you via my official email to maintain the absolute confidentiality required.
we are interested in giving out Loans, We can finance projects ranging from $500-$500 Million USD.
Credible projects would be funded at a guaranteed 3% Fixed Interest Rate per annual.
If you have advanced stage projects in need of funding, or business clients in need of funds to expand their existing projects, we would be obliged to work with you.
Let me know if you need our assistance or support kindly reply with your Full name, amount you need, Country and phone number.
If you don't need the assistance please ignore.
Dar Al-Awadhi Tower - Ahmed Al-Jaber Street -
P.O.Box 29927 - Safat - 13160 - Doha
M: +254 701694843
M: +965 99687805