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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.
- 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 (Asia; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Loan. Consultant" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 12:47:17 +0100
Subject: UAE Base Soft Loan Project Funding.
we are a Group of License Investment Company, a Global Loan Investment Funding Group based in the UAE. We are interested in Loan Funding around the Globe. Below are brief on the Investment Loan Funding portfolio: We are looking out for viable Investment Projects outside the UAE We can Fund as a Soft Loan under our ongoing Corporate Finance Program at 2% interest rate per annum without collateral except a Surety Bond from UAE Authority.
Below are brief on the investment loan portfolio
Minimum and Maximum Funding: USD 1 Million to USD 10 Billion
Placement Opens to: Entrepreneurs, Corporations and Investors around the globe
Funding Type: Soft Loan Investment Funding with no physical collateral requirement if you are outside UAE except a Surety Bond.
Funding Rate: 2% Interest Rate Per Annum
Term: 2 to10 Years Repayment Renewable Tenure
We don't have any major area of Funding but we give priority attention to Real Estate Development, other areas of interests include: Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Health, Aviation, Tourism, Construction, IT & Communications, Technology, Education, Energy, Engineering, Utilities, Telecom, Mining, Maritime and host of other profitable ventures. Therefore, based on the above information, we would be glad to receive your Project Plan Executive Summary in a compatible format for review by our Funding Management Team.
If you have any viable Project that requires funding, kindly revert back to us via email at; email@example.com
Management Dubai UAE