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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: "FIRST FINANCE TRUST" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 23:19:29 +0100
Subject: Cheap Loan Offer at 3% interest rate

First Finance Trust
124, Bishopsgate,
London, EC2M 4AN
Tel: +44 704 570 14702
Dear Sir/Ma,
With 100s of loans we can select the right one just for you whatever your circumstances, self employed, retired, have CCJs or a poor credit rating, we could help.
Are you searching for a very Genuine loan? at an affordable interest rate? processed within 4-6 working days. Have you been turned down constantly by your Banks and other financial institutions? The goodnews is here !!! We Offer LOANS ranging from $5,000.00 Min. to $40,000,000.00 Max. at 3% interest rate per annun. LOANS for developing business and competitive edge/business expansion. We are certified, trustworthy, reliable, efficient, Fast and dynamic. And a co-operate financier for real estate and any kinds of business financing, we give out long term loan for five to fifty years maximum.
We offer the following kinds of loans and many more:
* Personal loans ( Unsecured Loan)
* Business Loans ( Unsecured Loan)
* Consolidation Loan
* Combination Loan
* Home Improvement
Please if you are delighted and interested in our financial offer, Do not hesitate to contact us if in need of our service as you will be required to furnish us with the following details to commence with the process of your loan sum accordingly via email:
Last Name:_____________________________
Marital status:__________________________
Contact Address:________________________
City/Zip code:___________________________
Date of Birth:____________________________
Amount Needed as Loan:_________________
Loan Duration:__________________________
Monthly Income/Yearly Income:___________
Purpose for Loan:________________________
In acknowledgment to these details, I will send you a well calculated Terms and Condition which will include the agreement. 
Be informed that you will also need a form of Identification which can be either a Driver's License or your working Identity card. 
Thanks For Your Patronage! 
Mr. Kelly Roy Henderson.
Finance And Loan Officer.

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