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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: "Steve Osborne" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2019 07:20:11 -0700
Subject: Business funding services for your company
Have you considered a source for getting working capital? Our company is
offering 100% Non-Recourse Loan with our BG Leased Monetization
Program for Expansion, Credit enhancement, Constructions, Trade finance,
Government funding, Property Investment and all-round range of funding, =
with 2% interest rate per annum for a period of 10-years + 1 year grace per=
with no pre-payment penalties.
(1) 2% Interest Rate Yearly
(2) 10 Years Duration
(3) 1M - 50B USD/EUR Requirement
(4) Client must own or represent a Company
(5) Client must be able to provide Business Plan or Summary Purpose of the=
Kindly get back to us for more information if you are interested in our Se=
and will be able to meet up with the above requirements.
If the content of this email does not fall under your purview, request you=
to re-direct it to the
Managing Director | Capital Base Financial Limited
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in this email and attach=
ed document(s) may contain confidential information that is
intended only for the addressee(s). If you are not the intended recipient,=
you are hereby advised that any disclosure, copying, distribution
or the taking of any action in reliance upon the information is prohibited=
. If you have received this email in error, please immediately notify
the sender and delete it from your system.