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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: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 09:48:12 +0530 (IST)

*** Hurray ***...!!! Are you surprised ? This is real and you can't afford
to miss this great opportunity. RICH ADAMS FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED is
offering all type of loans at a very low interest rate. We offer all types
of loan such as: Personal Loan... Business Loan... Car Loan... House
Loan... International Loan... Mortgage Loans... Student Loan... Insurance
Loan.For any other kind of loan you need, do email us as soon as possible
with the following details stating the amount you require as a loan.The
Rich Adams Finance loan company has become one of the largest independent
loan companies in the World. We have an excellent reputation for the
provision of first class financial loan products with exceptional customer

Fill and return this details below....

Full Name:
Amount Needed:
Personal Phone Number:
Loan Duration:
Have you ever applied for a loan before:..

Thanks and God bless as we wait your Email soon.... Contact us at..

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