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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: "Turk Financier" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2021 05:14:24 +0100
SIE SIND EIN PERFEKTER KANDIDAT FÃR ALLE ARTEN VON DARLEHEN ÃBER TURK FINANCIER (KREDITSERVICE).
Ihre E-Mail-Adresse email@example.com hat Sie heute fÃ¼r ein dringendes Darlehen qualifiziert. Beantragen Sie einen Ratenkredit, um den Bargeldbedarf Ihres GeschÃ¤fts- / Privatlebens problemlos zu decken und von gÃ¼nstigen ZinssÃ¤tzen von 2% und flexiblen RÃ¼ckzahlungsplÃ¤nen zu profitieren.
â¢ Das Darlehen wird in Raten zurÃ¼ckgezahlt.
â¢ Ein Tilgungsplan wird basierend auf den BedÃ¼rfnissen des geschÃ¤ftlichen / persÃ¶nlichen Plans festgelegt
â¢ Festzinssatz fÃ¼r die Laufzeit des Darlehens von 2%
Bei Interesse kontaktieren Sie uns bitte fÃ¼r die Kreditbearbeitung.
Mit freundlichen GrÃ¼Ãen
Turk Financier Loan Service
YOUâRE A PERFECT CANDIDATE FOR ALL TYPES OF LOAN THROUGH TURK FINANCIER (LOAN SERVICE).
Your email address firstname.lastname@example.org has qualify you for an urgent loan today. Please Apply for an Installment Loan to easily meet the cash needs of your business / personal life, and benefit from favorable interest rates of 2% and flexible repayment plans.
â¢ The loan is repaid by installments.
â¢ A repayment plan is determined based on the needs of the business / personal plan
â¢ Fixed interest rate for the term of the loan at 2%
If interested, kindly contact us back for loan processing procedures.
Turk Financier Loan service