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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: "Mr Ben Ford" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:37:48 +0200 (EET)

We are private Investor/Lender based in London, England. We offer a broad
knowledge of business financing and diverse loan programs to fit any
financing needs you may require at 3%. We have 10 years experience in the
industry and in that time we have developed unique solutions to help you
increase your income and profitability of your company.

Kindly email us for more information today if interested. Our loans
programs are well insured for maximum security which is our priority also
with our diverse array of products and services, we have the right
solution to fit your financing needs.

For further information please contact us through

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