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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: "Mrrs victoria adam" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:27:07 +0100

I am Mr Timothy Jones
we give out loans ranging from $500,000 thousand US Dollar to $500 million USD, We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and the development of positive policies, providing our expert financial services to everyone. We offer various loans to companies, small scale businesses and enterprises, as well as the individual consumer. Our loan packages can be either long, or short term, at your desired preference. We offer all types of loans such as educational, business, debt consolidation and project execution loans.
As an independent finance house and brokerage firm specializing in various finance strategies, we have been prominently listed as one of the top 10 fastest growing companies in UK,
Have you been denied a loan by your bank?…Wondering about how to pay your next bill?…Need a project loan?…Perhaps a business expansion loan? For whatever purpose you require a loan, whether business, personal, or debt consolidation, Finance Trackers LLC, will offer your specific loan amount at very low interest rates. Finance Trackers, LLC has served numerous businesses, organizations and individuals alike, in achieving their respective dreams by effectively granting loans without any stress.
We have been in the lending business for 10 years, and our high level of experience and expertise is indisputable in transferring loans to all our clients under the stipulated time-frame. Our various loan packages cause our satisfied and happy clients to marvel and broadcast our firm’s high qualities to the world.
Don’t allow this wonderful financial opportunity to pass you by. We are readily poised to serve you better.
Await your swift response in this subject matter.
contact us via email

Best Regards
Mr Timothy Jones
Cardinal Group Uk,
Head of Customer Service

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