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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.
- 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: "From the Desk of: Cordas Boscaino" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:00:01 -0700
Subject: Re: Prospective Project Owner/Loan Seeker
ear Prospective Project Owner/Loan Seeker,
Are you tired of waiting for your bank to lend you for the finance of your project?.
Our Investment/Loans Group are willing to invest in profitable ventures as debt financing/loans only. The investment size should be between US$10M - US$3Billion. If you are interested in this or you know anybody who has good Business Plans but lack the necessary capital to fund the projects, please make contact with us so we can have further discussion.
* Business Start-up
* Business Acquisition
* Business Expansion
* Contract Execution, etc
Please reply to my private Email ID here:(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Johannesburg, South Africa administrator