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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: "REV.BOBBY MOORE" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2017 23:07:04 -0300
Loan Services Offered
We offer loan at low interest rate and with no credit check, we offer
Personal loans, Debt Consolidation Loan, Venture Capital, Business Loan,
Education Loan, Home Loan or "Loan for any reason!".
Our company is based in United States as we've been into the financial
business for over 20 years now with a low interest of 2% per month. We
give out loan to people from America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand
Australia and Africa within a maximum of 5 days depending on the seriousness of the applicant.
We would like you to get back to us immediately you receive this message
for further information on the loan process.
Dr. Bobby Moore