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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: "Mrs. Samantha Morrison" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:27:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Loan

Good day!

 The Samantha Morrison Cooperation UK is proffering a floating loan scheme at 2% interest rate. Do you need loan for individual or corporate concern?

We grant loan amount from GBP 300.00 up to GBP 1, 000,000.00 or its equivalent in any currency to legitimate customers around the world.

 Please send your enquires to {}

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