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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: "Mike Finance LTD" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:35:59 +0500 (TJT)

Dear Sir/Madam,

Welcome to Mike Lane Loan firm. We Offer Private, Commercial and Personal
Loans with very Minimal annual Interest Rates as Low as 3% within a 1 year
to 30 years repayment duration period to any part of the world. We give
out loans within the range of $2,000 to $100,000,000 USD. Our loans are
well insured for maximum security is our priority. Interested Persons
should contact me via

Full Names:
Amount Needed As Loan:
Loan Duration:
Valid Cell Phone Number:

Best Regards
Mr. Mike.

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