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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: "Octavia Investment & Loans UK" <>
Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2017 02:53:59 -0800
Subject: International Bank Loan

Dear Sir/Madam,

Octavia Investment and Loans Company, United Kingdom is a financial services and advisory company established in United Kingdom. 

We provide assistance with International Project Funding and also corporate debt instruments such as; International Bank Loans in any part of the world.

Our Sectors of Interest are as follows: Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Health, Aviation, Tourism, Retail, Real Estate, Construction, IT & Communications, Technology, Education, Energy, Engineering, Utilities, Telecoms, Mining, Maritime and host of other profitable ventures.

Placement Opens to: Entrepreneurs, Corporations and Investors

- Maximum Funding: 500 Million USD
- Funding Type: Loan Investment
- Funding Rate: 3% Interest Rate per annum
- Term: 15 years - Renewable tenure

Do you need Loan for individual or corporate concern? Then apply now via email:

Kindly provide your following details;

Company Name or Applicant:___________________________

Best Regards,

Mathieu Pence
Company Secretary.
Octavia Investments and Loans, United Kingdom.

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