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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 Garry" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 11:42:22 +0000
Subject: Affordable(Loan Offer)

I am Mr.Mark Garry, a Reputable, Legitimate & an accredited money Lender.
I loan money out to individuals in need of financial assistance.
Do you have a bad credit or you are in need of money to pay bills?
i want to use this medium to inform you that i render reliable=20
beneficiary assistance as I'll be glad to offer you a loan.

Services Rendered include;
*Home Improvement
*Auto Loans
*Debt Consolidation
*Line of Credit
*Second Mortgage
*Business Loans
*Personal Loans
*International Loans.

Please write back if interested.

Upon Response, you'll be mailed a Loan application form to fill.
(No social security and no credit check, 100% Guaranteed!)
I Look forward permitting me to be of service to you.

Applicant's Name:
Phone Number(s):
Loan Amount:
Loan Duration:
Purpose For Loan:
Scanned Copy Of Identity:

Note: If your are serious,you will be entitle to get your loan Approved as
urgent as you want it,so be serious and also let us know how urgent the
loan is needed.Contact
Roger Garry Loan Investment

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