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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: Angelica Ingle <>
Reply-To: Angelica <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:38:20 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Hello..

Dear Business Owner/Administrator,

In the back drop of last year's global business submit where recapitalisation was part of the key issues addressed, Davyd Ganna Finance is tasked to provide long or term business loans with relatively low interest rate as low as 2% for amount less than 1,000,000.00 Euro

I have gone through your business info and l thought it would be wise to let you know that I also have a Provider who can raise any of the below Banking Instrument in the tune of 100,000,000.00 Euro to 10,000,000,000 Euro:

1) MT799 Pre Advise, after confirmation within 24 hours the MT760 Bank Guarantee would follow immediately.
2) MT799 Block Funds.
3) MT799 SBLC Pre Advise after confirmation an MT700 SBLC would follow.
4) MT799 Pre Advise, and upon confirmation an MT103 would follow.

This is a perfect opportunity to fund/expand your business/projects or even secure finance from your bank in which the bank instrument can serve as collateral.

For more details please send an email to

Angelica R. Ingle

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