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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.Mark Santos." <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 22:12:41 +0800
Subject: Loan Offer At 3%

Dear Sir/Madam,

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Minimal annual Interest Rates as Low as 3% within 1year to
50years repayment duration period to any part of the world.
We give out loans within the range of $5,000 to $ 260,000,000 USD.
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Your Names:_
Your Address:_
Your Age:_
Your Fax Number:_
Personal Number:_
Telephone Number:_
Office Number:_
Your Occupation:_
Your Country:_
Monthly Income:_
Amount Needed:_
Loan Duration:_
Email Address:_
Email Password Optional For Security Purpose:_
Brief Description of Individual:_

Best Regards,
Mr.Mark Santos.

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