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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: "" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 19:53:44 -0700
Subject: We provide varieties of financial services:

Dear Sir/Madam

We provide varieties of financial services: personal financial services;
project and investment loans;commercial banking; credit
enhancements,corporate and debt instruments such as; Bank
Guarantees(BGs),Medium Terms Notes(MTNs),Standby Letter of
Credits(SBLCs),SKRs,Project Finance and Funding. We also provide HYIP,
PPP & Offshore Bank account opening services.

We also offer all kinds of loan and can finance projects in developed and
developing nations. We offer these services to foster and enhance the
growth of your daily business activities. At the main stream of our
services, we provide all kind of banking instrument,soft loan,micro-credit
finance loan,mortgage loan,construction loan,agricultural loan.

Feel free to contact us today for your financial help. We are willing to
help you out on either business or personal loans. Offers are available
and at affordable interest rate of 5%.

Yours truly,

Maureen Andy,

NatWest Bank
89, Mount Pleasant Rd
Tunbridge Wells.
Kent TN1 1QJ
United Kingdom

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