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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: "Charity Loan Firm 2010" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21:06:45 +0100
Subject: 3% Cheap LOAN!

Goodday Sir/Madam,

I am a financier I am willing to lend out loans with the interest rate of 3% and with in the amount of $10,000 to $20,000,000 as loan offer, we offer loan to all categories of people, firms, companies, all kinds of business organizations, private individuals and real estate investors,

We give out loans at very cheap and moderate rates. We are certified, registered and legit lender. You can contact us today if you are interested in getting this loan.

If interested, you are to contact us through phone +44-701-1138-280 or via Email:

Interested Persons should Fill out the Application Form below.

Amount Needed/Duration:..........

All replies should be forwarded to

Mr. David Carthy

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