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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: "Dr Bryan Dunne" <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 22:29:53 +0000
Subject: YOURS LOANS !

We offer loans to small, medium and large business entities including individuals in need of credit facilities from as little as $2 million to over $1 Billion Dollars. We work with private investors and certified financial institutions/lenders to procure loans and equity capital investment for our clients.

The funding opportunities we offer are absolutely risk free as our commission of 1% is taken from the capital sum after successful close of transaction. If interested, please contact this email::

Yours Sincerely,
Dr Bryan Dunne(QC)

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