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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: "Moneytree And Business Co." <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 10:15:53 +0200
Subject: Loan Update

Here is a possible means of getting a loan at 3% interest rate. Moneytree
And Business Co. is an authorized private loan company which has it's aim
in rendering financial services to people all over the world.
We are located at the United states of American and We offer both secured
and unsecured loans to individuals, firms and cooperate bodies all over the
world with an affordable interest rate.
Do you seek financial help in boasting your businesses or raising your
standard of living? Then make Moneytree And Business Co. your loan company
today as we are determine to give our clients the very best of our services.

U.S.A Main Office
Dr. Christopher Weissert
6720 Fort Dent Way Ste 230,
Seattle, WA
Moneytree And Business Co.
Tel: 206-317-2381

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