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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: "Abdul Nour" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:12:18 -0700
Subject: Business Loan/Debt Financing
RE: Business loan/Debt financing:
We are an established entity here in the Middle East with series of successfully closed deals and strong partnerships achieved by years of continuous diligence, trust and uninterrupted attention to our clients. We have financed various projects and ventures in different countries through our investment funds/venture capital.
We are now seeking to invest in various feasible projects from various sectors of the economy of different regions around the globe by offering commercial refinancing, purchase or bridge loans of between USD $1 million to $100 Million only at 4% interest annually for a duration not more than 10 years.
We are basically seeking expansion strategy through diversified strategic partnership. We have a broad view on investment banking from expertise of our team. Based on the above information, we shall be glad to receive your Project Plan/Executive Summary in a compatible format (PDF -recommended) for our review. Reply if interested and have viable business proposal to present for funding.
Chief Financial Officer