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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: "Katherina Denijs (MRS)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:55:07 +0100
Subject: Loans

We offer loans at 2% interest rate for a minimum of 10 years.
Interested applicants should submit their request via email
for immediate processing with the details listed below:

Names in full:
Phone Number:
Amount Required:
Loan Duration:

We give out the following categories of loan listed below:
* Platinum packaged loan (£100,000,000.00)
* Gold packaged loan (£20,000,000.00)
* Premium packaged loan (£10,000,000.00)
* Large Scale business loan (£1,000,000.00)
* Mortgage Loan (£500,000.00)
* Small scale business Loan (£200,000.00)
* Venture Capital (£100,000.00)
* Equipment Loan (£50,000.00)
* Consumer Loan (£20,000.00)
* Student Loan (£10,000.00)

In acknowledgment to these details, I will send you a well
calculated Terms and Conditions for the amount you require.

Warm Regards,
Katherina Denijs (MRS)

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