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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: "Cole D. Anderson" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 05:09:17 +0800

Greetings To You.

Do you need a Loan. The PALM FINANCIAL SERVICE LIMITED offers all types of
loans at 3% interest rate, Kindly email us for more info on application today
if interested. Our loans are well insured for maximum security which is our
priority, Email: < > for more info.

Contact Details:
Name: Mr Cole D. Anderson
Country: England.

Waiting for your response,

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