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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: "Pacelli Cristian" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 18:05:04 +0100
Subject: Seeking Finance?

Do you seek business or personal loans? With the Home Loan Financial Corporation(HLFC), you can get the cheapest and affordable loan at a low percentage rate of 3% yearly. We are licensed and recognized internationally with a global financing capability.Get the best for your family and own a dream home as well with our general loan scheme. If you are interested in getting a loan or need financial advice, do not hesitate to email me back at

Yours Truly,
Pacelli Cristian

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