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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: "Monetary Financial Loan Company" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:28:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Do You Need A Loan?Contact Us Now

Do You Need A Loan ?
Do you seek a Loan today? Monetary Financial Loan Company is a private
Loan Company Located in the United states,we give out loans to
individuals, firms and cooperate bodies both secured and unsecured at 3%
interest rate monthly base worldwide, with no credit check up,no
collateral required.Loan terms and determinant,loan amount between the sum
of $3,000.00 to $800,000,00.We offer all kind of Loans.
Contact us today via e-mail.

Best Regards
Dr.Becks Wart
1633 West lake Ave N Ste 200
Monetary Financial Loan Co.

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