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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: Excelsior Investors Group <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:14:55 -0700
Subject: Available Legal Loan 3%

Attention Please!!!
Do you need funding for business start up or for expansion of an existing  business? Or you need financial assistance for academics or other personal purpose? And has been looking for the right source to get help? Search no  further as your financial trauma is over. Get your easy and affordable  loans from us, we offer loans from $10,000.00 to $100,000,000.00 with 3%  interest rate. We are certified and trust worthy.
Should you need our services, kindly reach us via Email:  for details and procedures.
Sir Stevenson George.
Excelsior Investors Group..

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