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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 03:28:48 +0000


We are a fully registered and certified loan
agency that offers loan
And other kind of financial services, at a very
low interest rate, within
A maximum of 6 working days, to all genuinely
interested individuals
And co-operate financier for real estate and any
kinds of business
Financing across the globe.

We offer Loans to individuals, Firms and
co-operate bodies at 3% interest rate
per annual, Loan terms determinant. The
Minimum/Smallest amount you can borrow
is 5,000.00 US Dollars to Maximum of $10.Million.

Are you looking for funds to finance that project
of yours, or you are
Financially broke, Why not Come and get a very
genuine loan, from a very
Genuine and reliable source, a put a final stop to
all your financial
Needs. If interested in our financial
services, contact our loan service,
Contact Name: Mr Tanson Willson

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