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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:
- "% commission" (Beware of any scheme that involves depositing checks or money orders or receiving wire transfers in your bank account and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere, for a percentage of 5-15% of the total. Such offers are *always* fraudulent and you will be liable for the entire amount when the checks, money orders or wire transfers turn out to be fraudulent. Any money already forwarded comes out of *your* pocket then. )
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 17:48:43 +0100
Subject: Project Funding Offers
Dear Sir / Madam.
Garskamp Personenvervoer Holding BV engages in providing mortgage loans to borrowers worldwide through institutional parties including banks and pension funds.
The company was incorporated in 2000 and is based in Italy,Hague, the Netherlands. Garskamp Personenvervoer Holding BV operates as a subsidiary of Garskamp Personenvervoer Holding BV.
Our funding will take approximately 10 banking days from the day you present the insurance certificate. The fund will be disbursed based on a clear loan of 3% interest rate per annul for 10 years renewable. Please only serious clients with prime bank instruments, Loan funds needed for financing Projects need contact us.
We also pay 2% commission to brokers, who introduce project owners for finance or other opportunities.
Finally, we finance small scale loan companies, intermediaries, small scale financial institutions because we have unlimited capital. For further details about purchasing a loan of user friendly respond immediately on our email: email@example.com
If you are satisfied with the above procedures send us a letter of intent writing on your company letterhead.
Regards, as we await your response.
Senior Project Fin. Officer.