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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: "Hawks Financial Group" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:34:53 +0100

Hawks Financial Group.
16 Churchhill Way, Cardiff,
South Glamorgan, CF10 2DX
United Kingdom
Phone: +447031986552

We are a private financial company base in Europe; We offer funds for investments across the world. We have funded and invested in businesses and given personal, Multi-purpose loans to individuals and groups. We have transform DREAMS into REALITIES.

We the Hawks Financial Group assist you in old/new projects and offer your valuable tools loan using our BG/Monetization Program, please send more details about your company to provide you our procedure.

As a result to financial matters related to loan issuance to expected applicant, you and I know that it is not always easy to find the right loan company and the competent loan applicant. We communicate to you upon receiving your readiness to follow our legal requirements, here is our E-mail:

Mr. Shah Lak
CEO Hawks Financial Group

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