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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "% commission" (Beware of any scheme that involves depositing checks or money orders or receiving wire transfers in your bank account and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere, for a percentage of 5-15% of the total. Such offers are *always* fraudulent and you will be liable for the entire amount when the checks, money orders or wire transfers turn out to be fraudulent. Any money already forwarded comes out of *your* pocket then. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Fassoulas Nikolaos"<email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mr. Fassoulas Nikolaos"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 20:03:43 +0100
Subject: Capital Loan/Projects Funding 2020
Hello, I am Mr. Fassoulas Nikolaos, A financial broker on Loan/Investment =
funding facilitation. we specialize in securing loans, financing projects f=
or individual, corporate body's and nationals. The organization I represent=
has the relevant background and expertise to secure/approve loans and ente=
r into business funding ranging from US$/Euro 100 Million (United States Do=
llars or Euro) to US$/Euro 2 Billion (United States Dollars or Euro) depend=
ing on project and financing needs of the applying individual, corporate bo=
dy or national.
These loans are secured within effective time frame and without encumbranc=
es depending on the credit rating of the applicant.
For my service, I charge a commission of 1% of the applied loan and this i=
s paid only after the loan/investment funds are approved and transferred to=
borrower's bank account; we operate a systematic Loan/JV funding that meet=
borrowers satisfaction and uphold cordial relationship with our clients al=
l over the world.
I will appreciate if you can partner with us today and you will always rel=
y on us again tomorrow for your project financing needs etc.
Note, This term is the same in any partner/client you introduced to us, yo=
u would be entitled to 1% commission of the total project funds value appro=
ved to any client you introduced to our organization and this 1% commission=
would be paid directly into your account within 3 to 7 days from the date =
the applied loan are release to the partner/client you linked/recommended f=
or project funding, the funding group/investor is capable and committed to =
Accept our kind regards please.
Mr. Fassoulas Nikolaos