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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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Lootah Investment" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:28:26 -0700
Subject: RE:UAE INVESTMENT GROUP!
We are United Emirate Group based in London, our Group invite you to partner with us and benefit in our new Loan and Project funding program. We offer flexible loans and funding for various projects bypassing the usual rigorous procedures. This Funding program allows a client to enjoy low interest payback for as low as 3 - 4% per annum for a period of 5-7 years. We can approve a loan/funding for up to USD 800,000,000.00 or more depending on the nature of business. We are currently funding for:
* Starting up a Franchise
* Business Acquisition
* Business Expansion
* Commercial Real Estate Purchase
* Contract Execution
We are open to having a good business relationship with you. If you think you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any venture,please do not hesitate to contact us for possible business co-operation.
Mr. Wedad Lootah
Chief Financial Officer
20 Fenchurch St, London, UK
Ph: +44 7520637817