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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: Humble Financial Loans LTD <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:24:06 +0530
Subject: Apply for all kinds of loans at 3% rate

Dear Sir/Madam! Welcome to HUMBLE FINACIAL LOANS LTD. We are currently givi=
ng out loans to individual and companies in need of financial assistance. N=
ow You Can GET Best Deals on: *Home Loans *Education Loans *Business Loans =
*Personal Loans *All Other Loans At a rate as low as 3%. Contact us as soon=
as possible via e-mail or call us now=
+918-447-620-938 for more information if interested. Thank you.

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