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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 Igran Chanrong <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:09:02 +0100
Subject: Need a Loan

Good Day Sir/Madam
Have you being searching for loan or mortgage and constantly turned
down by financial institutions ,The Acap Advisory And Financial
Servicing Company has now reach that time of the year when we give out
loans at an interest rate of 3% to people/business organizations ,
firms , companies , schools , churches , industries etc who are in
need of money in a payback duration of 1 to 30 years, We Offer
5,000.00 to 30 million dollars max and you have to be 18 years and
older to apply, interested applicants can contact us now via Email on
: with the following information, or call of
office to speak to any of our service agent on +66954315127.

Full Names ..
Date Of Birth ....
Sex.... ......
Country and state....
Residential address ..
Phone Number...
Your Fax Number.
Monthly Income...
Amount Needed..
Purpose of Loan........

Mr Igran Chanrong
Public Relations Officer

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