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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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Fraud email example:

From: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 04:44:52 +0800 (CST)
Subject: risposta

Ciao, Voi state trasformate dalle banche cosė tante? Avete bisogno di finanza per costruire il tuo business? Avete bisogno di finanziamenti per l'espansione del business si? o avete bisogno di un prestito personale per pagare le bollette.Il mio nome č Mr.Greg e io sono un creditore privato, io do i prestiti per gli individui hanno bisogno di assistenza finanziaria. Contattaci via Per ulteriori informazioni Philip Greg risposta ========================================================================================================================== Hello, Have you been turned down by so many banks? Do you need finance to build your business? Do you need funding for the expansion of you business? or you need a personal loan to pay your bills.My name is Mr.Greg and I am a private lender, I give out loans to individuals in need of financial assistance. Contact us via for more information philip Greg reply

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