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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: "Yazdan Keivany" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 16:23:30 +0100

Scottish International Financial Centre
24 Melville Street
Edinburgh EH3 7NS

From the desk of The C.E.O,

Dear Sir /Madam

Do you need 100% Finance?? Contact Sir. Owen Kelly (chief Executive) Scottish Financial Center a financial lender and consultant, CEO Of PRIVATE HOME LOANS,
For Debt Consolidation Loans, Business Loans, Private loans, Home Refinancing Loans. The Offer
Ranges from $5,000.00 Min. To $150,000,000.00 Max. at 3% interest per annual .Get the best for your family and own a dream home as well with our General Loan scheme.

We also invest in the following sectors: Real Estate, Communication, Auto Mobile and Farming.

With our years of wonderful experience in Integrated Services and Logistics, we seek to expand our business by incorporating individuals and small scale industries as partners in Asia, USA, Europe
and in any other parts of the world.

By this mail we invite you to partner with us in the above mentioned sectors and in every
other sector you deem lucrative in your area.More so, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of generating good annual return on investment and loan financing can also be considered .

For more information, please do contact our Chief Executive, Scottish Financial Centre with the following contact details below:

Sir.Owen Kelly
Chairman/Director (SIFC)
Scottish Financial Centre

Tel: +44 704 57 12414
Fax: +44-7006-040-216

Note Bear mind that it will take less than 48 Hours to process your file
and the possibility of you getting a Loan from this firm is 100%
Guaranteed no matter your Credit Score.

We are also in the business of "Foreign Currency Exchange, Private Placement Programs and Bank Financial instruments".

Have a nice day.

Yours Faithfully

Yazdan Keivany

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