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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: Gfs Loan <>
Reply-To: Gfs Loan <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:51:21 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Global Financial Services Credit Union. Loan Application

To Whom It May Concern,


We, GLOBAL FINANCIAL SERVICES Credit Union offers loan at a very low interest rate of 3% per year, we offer Personal loans, Debt Consolidation Loan,Venture Capital, Business Loan, Education Loan, Home Loan or "Loan for any reason!
Please kindly view our company attachment file to know more of our services and apply now. Thanks in anticipation.

 Warm Regards,Customer Service Global Financial Services (Pty) South Africa
Phone: +2778 881 9145Fax: +27 86 212 0565

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