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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:

Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2012 14:41:56 +0200 (CEST)


Are You Desperately in need of a loan help? Have you be denied of a loan
from your bank or any Financial Firm? Do you need financial assistance? Do
you need a loan to pay off your bills or buy a home? Do you want to have a
Business of your own and you need Financial Loan Help? Contact us today
for your Financial Loan Help. We are willing to help you out on either
Business or Personal Loans.Offer are Available and at affordable interest
rate of 3%.


Applicant Name:________________________ __
Gender:_______________________ ________
Contact Address:______________________
Country:_____________________ ________
Amount Needed as Loan:________________
Loan Duration:_____________________ ___
Purpose for Loan:___________________
Cell Phone:________________________ ________
contact us on our email:
Kindly Regards,
Mr Bob Davidson
Managing Director
CEO/(Online Advertiser)

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