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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:
- "your loan " (Beware of fake loan offers. Real lenders would not normally use free webmail addresses such as Yahoo, nor would they lend to individuals or small businesses in a different country from where they are based. Beware of mobile phones or redirector numbers!)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Henriett =?utf-8?Q?Skult=C3=A9ti?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Anthony Jacob <Jacobantonyt@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2021 16:26:41 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Re: Loan and Investment proposal
Welcome and thank you for taking time to read this loan funding offer.
You will marvel at our low interest rate.
We can assist you to expand your existing business or start up a new
business with a very good loan package. We are willing to bypass the
usual and formal procedures so as to give you flexible financial loan
packages and financing of up to 700 million USD and above depending on
the nature of your business.
We are currently providing funds for all types of companies from small
and medium enterprises to large corporate firms. We would like you to
provide us with a comprehensive business plan for our team of investment
expert review and evaluate. We take 3% interest rate per annum if your
loan is approved and funded.
You can also be our broker and get 1% in commission for every
successfully approved loan that comes from you in any of our packages
Â· Business Start-up
Â· Business Acquisition
Â· Business Expansion
Â· Commercial Real Estate purchase
Â· Contract Execution
Â· or any other desirable projects, etc.
If you are interested in any of our offers, kindly reply or give us your
email for further discussions.
Dr Antony Jacob
Chief Financial Officer
Eagle Square .T. Services LLC
Head Office: 71,Sky tower,
Al Reem Island,Abu Dhabi,
P.O.Box:43469.United Arab Emirates