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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: "Blue Trust Finance Loan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:26:59 +0200
Subject: Blue Trust 3% Loan Offer

Welcome To Blue Trust Financial Loan
If you want to give your lifestyle a boost or have an unexpected expense to deal with, a Loan from Blue Trust Financial Services is the cost-effective way of making it happen.
Blue Trust Financial Services is flexible: you can borrow from R10, 000 to R30, 000, 000 and affordable repayment periods range from 6 months to 20years.
We offer a comprehensive range of personal loans, business loans, home loans and debt consolidation loans that can be adapted to suit you’re changing needs and circumstances at 3% interest rate.
How to apply
Applying for a loan is quick and easy!
Businesses or Individuals interested in applying for a loan with Blue Trust Financial Services or who simply require more information. TO APPLY, simply SEND AN EMAIL with your ID Number, Full Names, Occupation, Monthly Income and Contact details to: ( or send an SMS or call: +2763 376 0336.
Teresa Miller (Mrs.)
Senior Loan Manager

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