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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Private Funding Concept " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 02:07:45 -0800
Subject: Investment Loan proposal
How are you today?
My company is a private Financial and Investment firm with investment inte=
rests in the USA, Canada, Middle East and Asia, with over US$10 Billion pri=
vate and corporate investment portfolios and a back-log of an Excess Maximu=
m Return Capital Profit (EMRCP).
Our dynamic Investment Group sources unique business development opportuni=
ties and work closely with established and start-up companies and individua=
We are ready to invest in viable and lucrative project developments and bu=
siness ventures. Our offer for investment is based on a clear conventional =
loan basis of 2% interest rate per annum throughout the duration of the col=
We are hereby extending our services to American individuals and business =
owners . We provide loans and funding for private and corporate individuals=
for projects, businesses and mortgages. We provide loans in the below indu=
* Start-Ups (all industries)
* Business Expansion
* Oil and Gas, Solar, Power, Rail, Renewable, Green Energy, Mining.
* IT and Communication
* Real Estate
* Tourism & Hotels
* Renewable Energies
* Contracts Execution e.t.c
I would like to know if you personally or your company is interested in lo=
an / financing. Our methods are simple and conducive. We can provide loans =
from US$500,000 - US$900M with an annual Interest of 2%. Intermediaries / c=
onsultants / brokers are welcome to bring their clients and are 100% protec=
ted. In complete confidence we will work together for the benefit of all co=
ncerned and intermediaries / consultants / brokers will be entitled to a 2%=
Commission of the total loan value upon the successful completion of a tra=
I am at your disposal if we can help you, so I can provide you with more i=
nformation and details about my company, our procudures and every pertinent=
information. Kindly send your response or inquiry to : kaffaacoffee88@gmai=
I look forward to your feedback.
Chief Loan Officer =
Skylight Finance Funding Concept =
308 STRAUGHNS MILL ROAD,
PEDRICK TOWN,NJ 08067-3126,USA