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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:

Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 12:39:58 -0300 (BRT)

Dear Recipient:

This is Fountain Finance Plc ,a reputable, legal lending private firm.

We loan out money to individuals and companies in need of financial

We give out loans without collateral's at 2% interest rate.

We are using this medium to inform you that we render reliable beneficiary
assistance as we'll be glad to offer you a loan.

Please note that we deal with serious minded individuals and companies with
zeal, who can really be trusted.If You Are Really In Need Of a Loan Contact
Us via the contact below.

Mrs Hilary David


Tel:+44 703 599 6012

Office Address:20 Crane Street London
United Kingdom

You are required to apply with the following important details.

1. Full name.....
2. Address.......
3. Sex.........
4. Age........
5. country.......
6. occupation........
7. Amount of loan needed.....
8. Duration of loan.......
9. phone number..........
10.Annual Income..........

Please write back if interested.
We Look forward permitting us to be of service to you.

Mrs Hilary David
Fountain Finance Plc

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