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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: "David Smith Loan Investment" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 01:54:57 +0200
Subject: BONANZA:Apply for loan @ 1% interest rate!!!

Intended Borrower,

I am David Smith(CEO) David Smith Loan Investment, I am a private loan lender
.I give out local and international loans to any body all over the world. I
give out certified loans to serious minded individuals and companies at an
interest rate of 1% per annum with total loan repayment allowed weekly,
monthly or yearly depending on how you can make repayments.

I give out loans via bank account transfer to whatever country you are.If you
are serious about getting a loan from us, You will get your loan within 48
hours after your application has been submitted to this great office. We give
out loan from the range of $5,000.00 USD to $20,000,000.00 USD.

I am not a bank and i do not require much documents.If you are interested in
getting a loan from our company,contact me with the following details for
immediate start up in the processing of your loan.
Full Name:...........
Phone number: .........
Mobile number:.........
Monthly Income...........
Loan Amount Needed:.......
Loan Duration:............

To commence with your loan processing,please contact this immediately.

Contact us today via email:

Best Regards,

David Smith (CEO)
David Smith Loan Investment

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