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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:
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Sean Kennedy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2018 10:21:25 -0800
Subject: Loan offer !!!
Dear Sir / Madam,
We are offering loans to the public with a very low rate of 2% per annual. We offer out personal and business loans. Do you need secured or unsecured loan? Do you have plans in expanding your business? Do you want to get your self financially equipped? If yes then contact us and you will be given the best of all financial support. Many are out there that needs financial assistance with no opportunity But this is an opportunity you can't afford to miss. We are out in the world to get most people that needs financial assistance financially equipped. For more information contact us via email:
We loan from $10,000 to $10,000,000 with a maximum time duration of 10 years. For more information's, contact us as soon as possible.