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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: "LOW RATE LOAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2012 04:40:59 +0200

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Eligibility Criteria for SunTrust Mortgage

Identity Proof: Passport/ driving license
Age of Applicant: You must be minimum 21 years old.
Countries Applicable: Europe, Asia, Oceania, USA & Others
Minimum Funding: $20000
Maximum Funding: $500000000
Minimum Tenure: 12 months
Maximum Tenure: 240 months

Apply SunTrust Mortgage

Full Name:
DOB: / /
Contact Address:
Loan Amount:
Loan Duration:
Loan Purpose:

In acknowledgment to these details, you will be sent a well calculated loan terms. Send your e-mails to:

Thanks for your understanding and waiting to hear from you.

Mr. Herman H. Daniel
Suntrust Mortgage

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