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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: cashcity <>
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 2015 18:57:33 +0000

Drive a brand new car! Own your dream homes from rent,pay your bills and
start up a new business of your choice....Affordable loans now available at
attractive terms.
Apply online now and you could enjoy the following benefits:
Loan for up-to 100% guarantee
ZERO Processing Fees
Interest Rates starting at 3%
Loan Tenure up-to 12 years

To apply fill the below form

Name :______________
Contact Address :________
Country :__________________
Marital status :____________
Amount Needed as Loan :______
Loan Duration :__________
Monthly Income / Yearly Income :______
Occupation :____________
Loan Purpose :__________
Home Phone :____________
Cell Phone :______________
have you apply for a loan before? ____

Reply to acknowledge the receipt for this mail.

Managing Director
CEO/(Online Advertiser)

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