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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: Peter Mantino <>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 07:49:23 -0700
Subject: Loan

Do you have unpaid bills? Do you have debt you wish to clear? Are you
financially down and you need to establish a business? Has the bank turned
you down as a result of your bad credit? Worry no more as the Financial
Advancement Services is willing to give you a loan at low interest rate.If
you are interested in our loan offer and wish to apply for a loan,do contact
us today by replying to this message or simply send us an email via:


First Name.:
Middle Name.:
Last Name.:
Marital Status.:
Address 1.
Mobile phone No.:
House Phone No.:
Amount Needed.:
Duration of Loan.:


Mr Peter Mantino

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