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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:
- "% 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.
Fraud email example:
From: SC MARIO <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2021 04:32:01 -0300 (BRT)
Seasons greetings. Are you a Financial Consultant or Have Projects that require funding?
This email is from Bridge Financed. We are a top leading financial company, based in England, United Kingdom. We have a portfolio of credit and we offer funding for Start- Up, Business Expansion, Technological Projects, Real Estate and the Likes. This festive season, our company is offering finance at 1% per annual.
We also have openings for Partnership under our Broker Programs, and we offer a 25% commission on the interest on all approved Projects referred to our Firm. We encourage financial consultants with clients in need of financing to contact us for partnership deals. If you would like to partner or apply for funding, please reply to this email, our Agent will get in touch with you.
Bridge Finance Marketing Department
Contact us today for more information by clicking reply and replying to this email.
Website and contact number: (Contact us for these details)