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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: "FINANCIAL FIRST TRUST" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 10:19:34 -0700
Subject: Finance Offer!

Good day Sir/Madam.

Greetings to you from this FINANCIAL TRUST FUNDS Co. ,this is to inform you of our affordable loan investment offer. But then,FINANCIAL TRUST FUNDS (with over 13 years experience) is a private company that provides financial services with a flexibility that your everyday bank cannot afford to provide.Principal loan amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000,000 USD. Which of course depends on the purpose of the loan applicant needs for his/her project.Then here i am at your door step to help you achieve your dream, if you are interested in obtaining a loan in my company to start up business or any other thing that will benefit you and the world in general, i am here to help you out. To start with, You are require to contact our office via by filling the application form and return for further processing.

The interesting part is our low interest rate of 0.3% monthly and 3% per annum which depends on the payment period of up to 50years. If you are interested in obtaining this type of opportunity for your Business expansion or to open a very large profitable business,Then,FINANCIAL TRUST FUNDS , is here to help you build your foundation.

Below is the Loan Application which will be forwarded to the processing and inspection department.


Name:____________ ___
[State..] __________
Contact By:
[Home Phone] [Anytime..]
Date of Birth_____________________
Loan Duration: _________________
Loan Amount: __________
Monthly Income____________

Acknowledging to these details, I will send you a well calculated
Terms and Condition which will include the agreement.


Furthermore be informed that you will also need a form of Identification which can be either a Driver's License or your working Identity card as well as an International Passport if you have one.In acknowledgment to this mail, we can start the processing of your loan.

Thanks for your understanding.

Again You are require to contact our office via

Warmest Regards.
Luis Oliviera.

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