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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Investment Loan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02 Nov 2019 01:57:40 +0800
Subject: INVESTMENT LOAN
I am a retired banker, now consulting for Investors.
The Investors are providing loan funding to anyone who has a good
business/project in need of finance at 3% interest rate annually
with minimal documents required to conclude funding modalities.
Also, a fee: 1% is paid to anyone who introduces project owner
for finance and we are ready to fund any project up to 500,000,
000 EURO (five Hundred Million Euro).
I anticipate your reply.
Investment Group Financial