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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: "Skye Loan" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 01:47:14 +0530
Subject: Loan Company Has Opened An Opportunity

This is to notify the general public,a legitimate loan firm based in the Un=
ited Kingdom.With our technology we can approve a suitable loan in minutes.=
That Skye Loan And Finance Limited loan company has opened an opportunity =
to every one in need of any financial help ..with Flexible repayment over 1=
to 30 years,We give out loan to serious minded individuals Or Company. Our=
rates are very cheap and affordable. We also operate under short and long =
term loans. We give out international and local loans to all countries in =
the world. Amount given out $10,000 $50,000 to $10,000,000,000.00 Dollars, =
Euro and Pounds, available now are Business Loan/Gas Station / Hotel / Mote=
l / Strip Plaza / Shopping Centre/ Construction Financing / Rental Units / =
Mix - Multi Units/Car Loan,House Loan/Real Estate Loan/Personal Loan/, Trav=
el and Student Loans/operating Auto body repair shop Loan/ Auto mechanic sh=
op Loan/ Work station Loan / Oil change Loan. Apply for a loan today. Its E=
asy and fast to get. 3.5% interest rates and monthly instrumentally payment=
s. For More Information Contact Loan Offer Department For more info

Contact Person: Loan Offer Department
Position: Manager
Best Regards,
Skye Loan And Finance Limited
Email: Email:

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