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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: "Pacific Financial Loan Company" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 02:25:04 +0800
Subject: N/A

Do you need a Loan today ? Pacific Financial Loan Company is a private Loan Company
Based in the United states,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, collateral or Non collateral required,loan amounts between the sum of
$3,000.00 to $800,000,00.We offer all kind of Loans.

U.S.A Main Office
Dr.Grant Owen
1633 West lake Ave N Ste 200
Pacific Financial Loan Company

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