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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: "premiers finance1" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:17:34 +0800
Subject: Apply for Loan @ 3%


I can provide you with any purpose loans to base on a collateral free package. We can help regardless of your financial circumstances, our firm has recorded a lot of breakthroughs in the provision of first-class financial services to our client so:-

- Do you seek a Business Expansion or Business Startup Loan?
- Do you Seek Personal loans?
- You can borrow anything up to $49,999,999.99 USD
- Accept an affordable interest rate of 3%
- Choose between 1 and 20 Years to repay.
- Get both Secured and Unsecured business and personal loans.
- Fast and Urgent loans can be provided.
- Do you wish to refinance your home?
- Do you wish to consolidate your former loans?
- Have the banks told you you're not qualified?
- Do you have a horrible credit?
- Have you ever experienced bankruptcy?

If you are interested in getting a loan or need financial advice, do not hesitate to contact us Premiers Finance. If you need loan then you can provide me details below email:

Loan Amount needed:
Loan Purpose:
Loan Duration:

Samsuri Shariff.

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