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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: "Soluciones Financiera S.A" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 02:13:11 +0200

Dear sir/madam
I am Mr. Juan Carlos. Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer for SOLUCIONES FINANCIERA S.A. SPAIN. Are you a business man or woman? Are you in any financial stress or Do you need loan to settle your debt or pay off your bills or start a nice business? Do you have a low credit score and you are finding it hard to obtain a loan from local banks and other Financial Institutes?
Soluciones Financiera S.A. was launched as a new platform through which services could easily be made available to meet the growing needs of our customer's and our parent companies are in Asia, Europe, and Middle East. We specialize in providing customer tailored financial products, such as
(a) Personal Loans, (b) Industrial Loans, (c) Company's Loans, (d) Individual Loans, (e) Project Loans, (f) Car Loans, (g) Savings Loans, (h) wealth and trusts Loans, (i) third party cash payment Loans and (j) Insurance Loans.  Our service goes beyond just meeting the needs of the rich and affluent but also small scale and up growing middle business concerns.
However, our method offers you the chance to state the amount of loan needed and also the duration you can afford. This gives you a real chance to get the funds you need. If you are interested of securing a Loan, contact us with your details; (a) Your Name or Company Name: (b) Contact Address: (c) Phone Number: (d) Amount needed:
Please do send to us via email: and you Can Also Reach Us on Our direct telephone number +34 672 989 998 for further information on our loan program.
Thanks for your understanding as we await your prompt response.
Mr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Tell: +34 911 019 405             
Fax: +34 911 817 682

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