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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: "ZINC Financial Inc." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:57:31 -0700
Subject: Do you need Business or Personal Loan at 3% interest rate?

Good Day,

Do you need Business or Personal Loan?
Get the very best of loan offered with a very low interest rate of 3% interest rate from ZINC Financial Inc. We give out loans between the sum of $5,000.00 to $50,000,000.00 at 1 to 30 years repayment period. Interested applicants should contact us with the below information:
Full Names:
Loan Amount Needed:
Loan Duration:
Phone number:
Monthly income:

Apply now and get funded within 72 hours.

Thanks and God bless

ZINC Financial Inc.
753 West Boulevard.
Chipley FL,United States.
Contact E-mail:

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