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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: "PRESTIGE ROYAL FUNDS COMPANY" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:20:14 -0700
Subject: SOFT LOAN OFFER.
It is a great honor to communicate with you and introduce our Investment
Group for 2019. We represent a strong global financial and strategic
funding and investment organization, as a United Arab Emirates based Investment and
Finance facilitation Company we are working towards expanding our international
portfolio globally and funding projects in form of debt financing from
USD 1 Million and above, we also offer personal and business loans from the
tune of 1M USD to 500M USD.
We wish to re-invest through project funding in investment loan to third
party investors, project owners on a 2.5% interest rate per annum on long term investment projects that can generate
up to 10% ROI within the period.
Kindly confirm your interest for further proceedings to commence,
1-Oil and gas project
2-Business Start Up
4-Real Commercial estate purchase
5- Contract Execution etc,
We would be happy to receive your Executive Summary/Project Plan as well
as accepting an NDA.
It is our firm resolve to diligently participate in any viable project of your choice with a view of financing and providing
Submit your projects summary to us for evaluation for funding
PRESTIGE ROYAL FUNDS COMPANY