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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: "Dr Saleem Ahmed " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:49:27 -0500
Subject: Director Finance & Investment
I am Dr Saleem Ahmed Saleef from A UAE Based Investment Group. We are expanding our global presence by investing in projects/investments outside the United Arab Emirates in the form of debt finance only/Soft Loan.
We grant our funding at a guaranteed 3% interest per Annum for projects 2 years term above to 15years, We have the financial capacity to fund projects/investments between $500,000 -$4.5 Billion USD as loan, so if you have any viable project,business and interested in us funding it as loan, i'll be happy to have your response in my email so i can forward the funding application form and procedure for your review and follow up.
Waiting for your mail for further details and discussion so as to proceed.
Shukran and Allah Bless.
Dr Saleem Ahmed Saleef
Director Finance & Investment
Al Nakheel P.O.Box 5662,Ras Al Khaimah,United Arab Emirates