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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:
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Allen Phillip" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:39:10 -0800
Subject: Investment opportunity
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; their financial instruments can be used for purchase of goods from any manufacturer irrespective of location. They specialize in BG, SBLC, and Non collateral loan and other financial assistance from AAA rated banks (Prime Banks in the world). If you are in need of funds to run your business or execute a project, this company can assist.
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? I have a company that can grant you the financial support in the case of your financial need. I am in contact and in cordial relationship with couple of Assets Management & Finance Companies that are willing and ever ready to grant you a loan through their prime banks and payment centres across the world top financial cities.
The interest rate is very affordable and the duration of the loan is from 2 to 20 years depends the amount of money you may require. Humbly get back to me if you are in need of this loan for further directives.
Waiting for your urgent response.