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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Stephen Gills - 15" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:50:56 +0700
Subject: AM: Important Loan offer (6.4)

We are offering Business loans to finance various projects at 3% Interest Rate for a duration of Ten (10) years.
Also, we pay 1% commission to Intermediaries/Consultants/Brokers who introduce project owners for finance or other opportunities.
Contact me immediately for more information.
I wait your reply.
Yours faithfully,
Stephen Gills
Managing Director
Cyprus Investment LLC
Phone: +357 22030423
Fax: +357 22410495
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