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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: "Madlo Finance" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:02:29 +0100
Subject: Madlo Finance

Madlo Finance is a private firm and a specialist provider of high quality finance and money lending located in the UK with branches around the Continental Western Europe.
We have specialist group of private funders, interested in lending out funds at considerable rates to interested clients all over the world.
We have a solid network that makes doing business with our client flow. We also have private investors mostly from the gulf countries in our portfolio.

Our interest is to source for you, an investor, to finance your business and projects, (real estate, businesses and hotel, and approved contracts, industries) or an individual seeking capital to execute a project.

Contact Address: 45 Canon Street London
England, United Kingdom

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