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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "your loan " (Beware of fake loan offers. Real lenders would not normally use free webmail addresses such as Yahoo, nor would they lend to individuals or small businesses in a different country from where they are based. Beware of mobile phones or redirector numbers!)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Anna James" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 16:37:58 +0100
Subject: Investment Funding Proposal
We, Corporate financial Services NL under our corporate financial responsibility are currently granting an immediate loan to individual ventures/capital investors that has business idea in capitalization and fund management for establishing a high profit project or expanding a company that has vision, passion and a real sense of ownership by providing funds in cash as loan, We offer seed funding for businesses and upgrading of your business enterprise.
Corporate financial services NL is a trusted funds provider of business loans in having it's based in Europe and offers fast, easy and most reliable B2B business loan. Our financing options includes business loans, funding partnership, equipment financing, equipment leasing capital funds.
Interest rate: ROI 3% Face Value of the loaned amount for 1 - 5 years duration period.
Fast and efficient approval for disbursement upon arrival to our office to complete the loan funding.
Contact us with your loan request.
Mrs Anna James.
Loan and Funds Processing Unit.
Corporate financial services, NL.