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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: "Norton Financial Loan Company" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:55:52 -0300
Subject: Do You Need A Loan ?Contact Us Now

Do You Need A Loan ?
Do you seek a Loan today? Norton Financial Loan Company is a private Loan
Company Located in the United Kingdom,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

Best Regards
Dr.Harry Cole
Central Processing Office,
Norton House,
Mansfield Road,
South Yorkshire
S60 2EB
United Kingdom
Norton Financial Loan Company

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