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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. Peter Thomas" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:05:58 +0200
Subject: RES; LOAN

We offer loans,grant credits and are generally involved in rendering
financial services to members of the public . Our loan services ranges
from personal , business , educational , auto , medical loans to debt
consolidation and project execution loans . We give loans at loan interest
rates either on a long or short term basis . Contact us today via email :

Informations Needed

Amount Needed as loan
Loan Duration/Term

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