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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Email Sender<Operation@noreplyemailservice.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 14:44:46 +0100
We invite all interested project owners and investors to our project financing/investment programme.
I am the investment officer of a Dubai based financial investment company , currently we offer projects funding outside UAE, in the form of debt finance and soft loan.
We grant loan to both Corporate and private entities at a low interest rate of 2.5% RIO per annum. The terms are very flexible and interesting.
Kindly revert back if you have projects that needs funding for further discussion and negotiation.
Brokers and Intermediaries are welcome as we give Commission after Closing the transaction.
For further Information and Inquiry contact us.
Mr. Mohsary O Fernanda
Ali & Sons Bldg, 4th Floor,
Abu Dhabi, UAE
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