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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: African Development Bank Group <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2017 22:54:15 -0700
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,Loan approved from African Development Bank Group

Regional Manager
African Development Bank Group
12C Okoawo Close, Victoria Island,

Dear Sir/Madam,


We write to inform you that your loan application for the above sum of money in our bank forwarded to us by your

partner has been approved by headquarters.

Sir,your partner applied for this loan in our bank on your behalf for a quite a long time and since then we have

been waiting for the final approval by our headquarters. Please we are very sorry for the delay in completing the

processing as we had some management reshuffle which let some delays in processing some applications as at that

time. You requested for this loan to enable you complete some unfinished business transactions and pay back

immediately with the agreed interest.

Sir,if you are still interested to get this loan as approved,kindly get back to enable us complete the logistics

and make the transfer into account of your choice. However, we are into investment banking and we are outsourcing

right now.So,if you have a viable project and you can show that you have a capacity to handle such project,our

bank can grant you a much bigger loan or finance such project at an agreeable interest rate.You can call us or send

us text message on the telephone number stated below.

Thank you for your interest in our bank.

Dr.Donald Kanu
Regional Manager
Tel: +234 81 2400 50 22

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