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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: Keith Olson <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:13:10 -0800
Subject: Investment Loan

I am Mr.Keith Olson and a financial helper/ Loan lender as well as an Angel investor.I deliver funds on demand and I give funds out to make profits.Do you have a business plan and needs finance to start it up? Are you in need of funds to invest
on a particular business transaction? Do you need fund to increase the standard of you business? If yes then i can be of help to you.I am a United States citizen but presently based in Asia due to my business interest in Asia.

I am a certified loan agency with legal documents and i give funds with interest rate of just 3% per annual and this is to make sure I get the best minimum profit and as well to see that I am able to get to the best need of the person getting
the Loan.Unlike direct bank contacts who demand much or too expensive.

If you are in need of funding/loans, get back to me via my email so i can send you more details about our procedures and we start from there.

Sincere Regards,

Mr. Keith Olson


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