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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: "Saul Herrera" <saulh@economia.unam.mx>
Reply-To: zenith@onlineserviceinfo.cz.cc
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:17:29 -0500
Subject: Loan Awareness

ZENITH BANK NG(CREDIT & FINANCES DEPT.)
Asokoro, No 65, Yakubu Gowon way, Asokoro, Abuja
NIGERIA.


Good day!
We are loan lenders from Zenith Bank (ZB) Credit & Finances Dept Nigeria; we
give out loan at the rate of 3% interest from the range of $20,000us dollars
to $5million us dollars/euros. Are you tired of Seeking for Loans and
Mortgage, Have you been constantly turned down by other Banks and some
Private Financial Institutions; We give out loans to individuals, firms,
companies, industries etc. Any interested person, irrespective of your
country should Contact us now with the following details below;


Full Names:
Contact Address:
Amount Required:
Duration Of Loan:
sex:
Tel:
country:

Regards,
Chief Adebayor K. Sambo(Loan Officer)
Zenith Bank Nigeria Credit & Finances Dept.

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