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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: "Mrs.SarahWaltt" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 14:31:24 -0700
Subject: Dear Sir / Madam,
Dear Sir / Madam,
Blazer Capital Inc. has developed relationships with several lenders who
offer funding for businesses in need. We have direct access with capital
funding sources and have well developed and proven methods for organizing
and structuring capital financing, with the ability to procure full capital
funds with favorable rates and terms.Funds are available for land
development, expansion capital, working capital, real estate
property,construction projects, factoring, energy, manufacturing,
telecommunications and real estate acquisitions such as hotel and
commercial properties. We also take a look at the need for financing in a
wide variety of other industries as well, such as oil and gas, new
technologies,and forestry and mining to name a few.
Our pool of funds is provided by high net worth individuals, trust funds,
family office funds as well as corporate and institutional funds. We act as
the direct custodian of these funds provided by our clients who request
that we operate with the utmost of privacy and discretion. As a result we
normally fund individual projects starting from 3 million well into the 100
to 200 million dollar range.
The focus is towards those who are in need of additional capital to
maintain financial stability in order to help strengthen, revitalize and
stimulate their business. The chief aim of these loans is to promote
economic growth of sustainable businesses through job creation, resulting
in economic empowerment.For any project we will require an Executive
Summary or Business Plan to proceed. Please contact us if you are
interested so that we can send you a loan application. If you have any
questions please feel free to contact the undersigned.Looking forward to
working with you in the future. Reply back to me to this alternative email
Client Relations - Finance
Mrs .Sarah Waltt