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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 (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Angel Investors Group" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 06:47:21 -0300
Subject: We found your email@example.com in Investors Database.
Please be informed that the company i work with is a private reputable project financing and loan investment company.
We focus on commercial borrowing to a wide range of various sectors of the economy, our company provides innovative one of a kind commercial financing products.
We pride ourselves on speed and quality of execution. With our group partnersâ support and enhanced product offering. We leverage our long-term success by committing to making sure that our clients' interests comes first be it raising capital for new ventures or to meet growth objectives for expanding businesses.
We also offer wealth management, capital markets, going public, mergers and acquisition, restructuring, risk and research platform of unrivalled strength.
Our Expatriate funding program is designed specially to suit your needs, and provide you with the flexibility you require. Look at all the benefits and youâll discover that this is the âbest valueâ loan, Bank guarantee and standby letter of credit package.
Kindly contact me by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, for procedures.