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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: "GE Capital" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 May 2013 12:59:19 -1100
Subject: APPLY NOW

Hello Dear.

GE Capital offers commercial loans, leases and middle market finance
solutions that can help your company build a stronger, better future.

Are you tired of seeking loans and mortgages? Have You have been
consistently rejected by banks or other financial institutions? for more information.

Do You need a business or personal loan? You do not have to worry no more,
because The good news is here! We offer loans ranging from 10,000.00 Euros
Min to35,000,000.00 Euros Max at An interest rate of 3% per month.

Await Response

Name:Todd Hamilton

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