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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)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Billy Wilfred" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:44:11 -0700
Subject: How are you doing today? Please read my email and reply me!!
How are you doing today? My name is Billy Wilfred. I am California, United States of America. I am a broker of Project Financing Firm who has cutting edge and group capital fund, they can finance any lucrative project and help you to enhance your business plan. Are you in need of a Loan to Finance and Fund your Project or Company? Are you an Investor, Real Estate developer, Construction Company, etc? or Do you need a loan to keep your investment or business going on in order to have a different look? Have you been trying to obtain a Loan from Banks or Loan Companies and got Ripped off and they have refused to grant you the Loan because of bad credit? do not close your company and stop your project because of bankruptcy, we are here for you for real, please be happy, rejoice and celebrate because your solution have come, we will end your financial worries now. Therefore come to us, we will grant you the loan you need without delay. We offer all types of non-recourse Loan and
Funding at a low Interest Rate of
The categories of Loan Financial Funding we offered include but not limited to: Business Loan, Personal Loan, Company Loan, Mortgage Loan, Debt Consolidation and Financial Funding for both Turnkey and mega projects etc from a minimum of Euro / US$1Million to Euro / US$5 Billion Max. Most importantly, Note that the loan company DO NOT charge any upfront fee or advance fee. This message is not scam for what so ever. This is 100% real, legal and legitimate loan company office in Turkey. Kindly get in touch for further details and procedures. Thanks for your cooperation with us. I will be waiting for your response. Further more details and directives contact me on my private email: email@example.com
Thank you & best regards,
Contact me on my private email: firstname.lastname@example.org