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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: "Mr Francis Mark" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 21:00:04 -0700
Subject: RE LOAN OFFER
I am Mr. Francis Mark the Managing Director MONEY HERO LOAN COMPANY. We are certified loan lender, offering loan with NO COLLATRAL AT 1% interest, here are some question: Are you in need of a loan of any purpose?, Do you want to pay your bills?, Are you in a financial problem:, Do you need a financial Solution?. Here is the solution to all your financial problem. I give out loans for project, business, taxes, bills, and so many others reasons, our loan are easy, cheap. and chick.
Contact us today for that loan you desire, we can arrange any loan that suit your budget at low interest rate(1% interest). If Interested, fill out the details below:
Amount Needed as Loan:............
In acknowledgement to this mail, we can start with the processing of your loan. Kindly contact our Customer service email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Francis Mark