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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Blom Finance Management <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 12:17:01 -0800
Subject: fund your projects with loan at low interest rate
My Name is Steve Peter, am a mandate and International Outsourcing personnel.
I recommend credible Entrepreneur/viable projects to Silent Investors
that are looking
for good business plan/Entrepreneurs to invest and manage funds on a
short and long
I have a loan offer from my client to recommend on merit a reputable Private
Individual/ Company Owner with good financial standing to receive and
invest between $1Million to $5Billion USD in a secure High Risk/Low Risk
Investment/ projects that will generate a good Return on Investment annually
The terms are 2% interest rate per annual, time duration is 10 year and 1 year
Kindly Contact me for more information at email@example.com
We anticipate hearing from you soonest.
Keep social distancing and stay safe.
Kindly indicate your interest for more details.