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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: "=?ISO-8859-1?Q?LOAN=20SOLUTION?=" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:16:43 -0300

Dear Esteemed Customer

We are Private International Money Lender based in the
United-Kingdom, we offer loan at a very low rate and
percentages of 3%. within a year to 30 years
repayment duration period to any part of the world.

Arranging a loan with us is simple and straight
forward,loans from any amount to 5,000,000.00.we make the
process convenient and fast, interested person should
contact: for more details

Loan solution team

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