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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "loan amount" (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.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- 210-366-1070 fax: (66) 210-348-9496 email : firstname.lastname@example.org email : email@example.com yours sincerely, mr amjad (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Gold Financial Services Loan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 21:36:41 +0700
Subject: :Gold Financial Services Loan Co,Apply now
Have you ever searched for fund, loans, financial assistant or needs an accredited lender to help you meet with your needs and demands, then you have no alternative than to get an instant and reliable service from our loaning Agency. We offer loans ranging from Ten thousand US Dollar, to Twenty Five Million US Dollar ($10, 000.00 -$25, 000,000.00). Our loan duration is from 1 to 25years (Maximum).
We offer loan at 3% interest rate per annum and with no credit check, we offer personal loan, debt consolidation loan, companies or business expansion. Loan for any reason!
If you are interested, kindly contact us immediately;
*Business name(If Any):.
*Loan Amount needed:.....
*Purpose of loan:..........
*Date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd):..
*Next Of Kin:..............
*Internet at home.....
Gold Financial Services Loan Co,
Corporate NMLS #129122
2943 Mossrock Drive
Silmc Antonio, Tp 67230
Toll Free: (66) 800-833-6143
Phone: (66) 210-366-1070
Fax: (66) 210-348-9496
Email : email@example.com
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Amjad Javed,
Our Mission is to assist the poor and needy financially!!!
Trust Us With Your Financing Needs