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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: kingsley jones <wellsfargoloancompany@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 21:16:23 -0700
Subject: APPLY FOR URGENT LOAN NOW.......

Wells Fargo loan Company (WFLC)
-------------------------------------------------- -----------
I am Mr. Wells Fargo registered money lender approved
Government to loans for businesses and individuals in
low interest rate of 3%. We offer personal loans, debt consolidation
loans, venture capital, business loans, student loans,
Home loan or a loan for a legitimate reason.

Contact us at the information below if you are interested in this loan
and write to us at wellsfargoloancompany@gmail.com

FILL THE INFORMATION BELLOW.

Your name :______________________

Your address :____________________

Your Country :____________________

Your occupation :__________________

Loan amount needed :______________

Loan Duration :____________________

Monthly Income :__________________

Cell Phone Number :________________

Have you apply for a loan online before______


Sincerely,
Wells Fargo

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