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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: "Jane Wall" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:43:14 +1100 (EST)

I'm Mrs.Jane Wall,represent a serious company established in America. Our
business is lending of loan.To date we have held multiple lending
operation both in Europe and United States.

Our Company is the best guarantee Loan Company so far.Full of alots of
guarantee.try us today,to see how it goes.

If your interest is to seek a loan,send us the following information to
get in touch with you:

Amount needed as loan:
Full name:
State :
Cell or phone number:
Loan amount:

send above information to our business email below:


phone number: +1 (718) 502-6567
cell: +17185026567

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