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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:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mac-Santos Loan Agency" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 02:55:02 -0700
Subject: 3% Affordable Loan Offer.........Apply Now

Dear Sir/Madam,

We Offer Private, Commercial and Personal Loans with very Minimal
annual Interest Rates as Low as 3% within a 1year to 50years
repayment duration period to any part of the world. We give out loans
within the range of $5,000 to $100,000,000 USD. Our loans are well
insured for maximum security is our priority, Are you losing sleep at
nights worrying how to get a Legit Loan Lender? Are you biting your
finger nails to the quick? Instead of beating yourself up, contact
MAC-SANTOS LOAN AGENCY(Loan Services ) now, Loan specialists
who help stop Bad Credit History,to discover a win solution which is
Our Mission. Interested Persons should contact me via E-mail :

Lender's Name: Mr.Mark Santos:


Your Names:
Your Country:
Your Address:
Your Age:
Your Fax Number:
Personal Number:
Office Number:
Your Occupation:
Monthly Income:
Amount Needed:
Loan duration:
Brief description of individual:

Best Regards,
Mr.Mark Santos.

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