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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: "Mrs.Bertha Villanueva," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 19:35:25 -0000
Subject: Re:DO YOU NEED LOAN !!!

Dear Sir,

>From Mrs.Bertha Villanueva, MD/CEO of Western Diversified Mining, Inc / B- Resource Management LLC, LOAN FIRM. We are a reputable, legitimate and accredited money Lender.We give out loans to individuals and companies in need of Financial assistance.

We are established Financier with over 18 Years of experience in Financial Services. Our main Job is to provide Loans to people who need funds to finance their works. Many of our Loans are only for 2 to 5 years ,others are repayable at call or short notice.However, we provide short-term Loans of about a Minimum of US$1,000,000.00, and a Maximum of US$500,000,000.00, depending on how much you require for your Project.

Our Bank uses a large part of the Deposits in making short-term Loans to my company as Big Customer and we provide Adequate Security acceptable to our Bank for securing the Loans. Thus, my Bank always remember that they are lending other people's money to my company; and as unexpected demands may arise, they always take care not to tie up any considerable portion of the deposits in Long-term investments with our company.

Our chief source of Profit is derived from the Interest on these Loans that we give to my own Customers. Get quick Loans from me and solve your urgent Financial Problems now. You can take a Loan of any amount not less than $1,000,000.00, and not more than US$500 Million and you can use the funds for a period of ( 2 to 5 Years ) and pay back as little as 4% Interest on the Loan.

I look forward to your positive response plan, so i can provide you with more information and details.


Mrs.Bertha Villanueva,
MD/CEO Managing Director,
B- Resource Management LLC, USA
MD/CEO Managing Director,
Western Diversified Mining, Inc
3492 Fleetwood Dr,UT 84109

UK, 15 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf
London E14 5HS, United Kingdom

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