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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: Frank Morgan<email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 17:10:23 +0800
Subject: Re: Greetings
Please consider this proposal lucrative and contact me urgently if your are interested. We specialize in providing funds for projects and corporate and Personal loan funding at 3% Interest Rate for a duration of 10 Years. We have financial capability to provide early stage funding including fresh cut BG's, MTN, MT760,Bonds/CDs.
We are interested in growing our influence and reach to other countries, through company financing and grants. Our investment criteria For funding are projects in the renewable & the alternative energy sector, public and private health care services, ICT & device technology, mining and government contracts, construction and real estate development, e-commerce and specialized education, deference and information technology.
We also provide funding for NGO's as grants for their intended projects at its disposal. For further details please contact directly with your business plan or project summary.
Mr. Frank Morgan.