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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: "Mr. Berry Jones" <berryjones@gmail.com>
Reply-To: berryjones.lending.company1@gmail.com
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:17:05 -0000 (GMT)
Subject:



I am Mr. Berry Jones,a reputable,legitimate,and
an accredited money lender.i
loan money out to individual and cooperate
bodies in need of financial
assistance.
Do you have a bad credit or are you in need of
money to pay bills? i want
to use this medium to inform you that i render
reliable beneficiary
assistance as i will be gland to offer you loan
at 2.5% interest rate.
Service rendered include;
Refinance
Inventor loans
Auto loan
Debt consolidation
Business loans
Personal loans

BORROWER DATA INFORMATION

FULL NAMES AND...........................
OCCUPATION............................
MARITAL STATUS........................
SEX.................................
AGE..................................
TOTAL ANNUAL INCOME..................
AMOUNT NEEDED AS LOANS....................
LOAN DURATION
LOAN PURPOSE...........................
PLACE OF WORK............................
POSITION IN OFFICE......................
NEXT OF KIN..............................
PHONE NUMBER................................
FAX NUMBER............................
STATE...................................
COUNTRY....................................
ZIP CODE.....................................

We look forward to receive your mail.
Regards,
Mr. Berry Jones.

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