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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: "AIG GROUP." <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 00:09:31 +0530
Subject: *We offer Corporate/Personal Loan for projects*

Good Day Sir,

Our company is offering Corporate and Personal Loan for projects financing.

We are looking for people who has viable business plan but do not have
money to make it work, we can provide the needed funds as loan at 3%
interest rate
for a repayment period of 10 years.

We also pay 1% to brokers who introduces project owners for financing.
Please get back to me soon if interested.


AI Group,

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