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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: First Active Financial Group <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:19:51 -0300
Subject: Your loan package

Dear Sir / Madam

I am Mr.Mike Douglas of Blemain Finance.we offer a variety of financing
options at competitive prices to the Consumers who have experienced
credit problems in the past or has a limited credit. The funding
programs include the acquisition indirect consumer credit contract
retail and direct. besides provide financing alternatives, the Alliance
works with clients to help them better understand their credit and
reduce its reliance on debt renewable.

Need a loan? Or you have applied for the loan from local bank, but all
in vain? Here comes the opportunity to obtain a loan without any of
discomfort or inconvenience. We offer all kinds of loan of about € 5,000
euros (personal loan) to a maximum of € 200 million and above the
interest rate of 2%.

*Home Loan.
*Auto Loan.
*Mortgage Loan.
*Business Loan.
*Personal Loan.
*Dept Consolidated loan.
*Christmas loan....E.t.c

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