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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: UN agents <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:34:55 +0100


Dear Sir/Friend,

Are you searching for a very genuine loan at an affordable interest rate of
3% to 5% processed within 7 working days?. Have you been turned down
constantly by your Banks and other financial institutions?.

Are you in need of the following loans?:Personal,Company,Real
Estate,Capital,Car,to start up a business,to build or buy a house,to pay
bills and rent a house, payday loans,and LOAN TO LAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN
EDUCATION?, which you can pay back at the Mandated given time by the paying
bank with the rules and modalities abiding the loan offer "TO WHOM IT MAY
Kindly contact the Federal Government Delegate attached to the African
Development Bank (ADB),Reverend PETTER SOLOMON for the help via urgent
telephone call and so as you to forward your Credentials such as your three
year's tax clearance,Insurance Certificate of your Car or Landed Property,
Company Registration Documents , Copy of your Passport I:D,your contact
address, telephone numbers . He is here to assist you in receiving this
loan through the Bank here in Cotonou,Benin Republic, West/Africa.I have
made recommendation of you as a friend and as I have addressed you too.Note
that Payments are made to beneficiaries through ATM VISA CARD which will
be issued in your name, and delieved to your door-step by DHL COURIER
COMPANY for security reason's,enclosed with your withdrawing PIN CODES and
PASSWORD (THIS IS CONFIDENTIAL ),and for you to start withdrawing.There is
no bank to bank transfer because of much banking laws here in Africa. You
are early informed but know that with the Virture of his position here as a
Reverend and Man of God, your loan request is 100% GUARANTEED, and my
Commission thereafter is 3% of the total Approved loan offer in your favour.

Contact the Reverend Petter Solomon : His
Telephoe number is +22998069715


Miss Stella Dokie/National Secretary

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