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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: Mr. Lee <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:40:51 +0100 (CET)
Subject: loan opportunity

We understand your desire to live your dreams.
GCI/IIDF Personal loans and corporate loans gives you an
Opportunity to fulfill such desires brings happiness to your loved ones through hassle-free loans at GCI.
Borrow from US$100,000. To US$1 Million and above for any purpose.
We support you to set up a business of any kind in any part of the world.
Loan repayment tenure from 12 to 120 months.
Attractive interest rates:5%

For inquiries and online application please contact below person.

Mr. Imad Ali
Email: <>

Head of Campaign Team,
Mr.Jack Lee
Al Sila Tower, 25th Floor
Sowwah Square
Al Maryah Island
P.O.Box 27522
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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