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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:

Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:19:35 +0000
Subject: 2% loan offer

Hello Good day, I am Mr. Jason Drew based in U.S., I am a Director of a Private Loan Company, MULTI FINANCE LOAN COMPANY, and give out a secure and unsecured loans. We offer Loans to the needy at a low rate 0f 2% and with no credit check, we offer Personal loan, debt consolidation loan, venture capital, business loan,education loan, home loan,or loan for any reason if you are interested contact us direct for quick re sponse via for more info and provide us with this info below.

(1)Full Name:

(2)Amount needed as loan:

(3)Phone number:



Mr.Jason Drew

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