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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: "Mr. Albert Williams"<email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2018 14:41:30 +0200
Subject: INVESTMENT LOAN*****
My name is Albert Williams, I run a finance/consultancy firm.I also have some of my clients with huge funds for loan/ investment abroad.
So, if you have projects and you need loan for your business or any project contact me, be assured that you are in the right hand. we are into financing viable Real Estate /Oil and Gas and Pipeline projects with prospective returns on investment (R.O.I)in your region, we can
give you loan of any amount you need for your project or business,
We also give out loan for your investment or your project I have providers of bank instruments from prime banks in Europe and America for leasing to you or for out right purchases if needed.