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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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Fraud email example:

From: " UK." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 02:21:47 +0200
Subject: DO YOU NEED A LOANT Financial Loan Company.
77a Dock Road, Chatham Kent, UK. ME4 4TR.
Tell: +447924522156
Fax: +447024028088

This is to inform you that has commenced our 2012 loan offer. is giving out Twenty Million
US dollars each to 5 qualified applicants from all over the world who can utilize these funds
positively on personal/business purposes, and have it returned within 20years.

This loan is offered at 1% interest rate, To apply. Send email to
Thanks, UK.

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