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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: "FirstStop" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:11:53 -0700
Subject: Re: Access Loan

Dear Sir/Madam,

We wish to invest in your business by giving you funding in form of loan or as seed capital.

If you intend to get funding for your local or international business project, expansion, procurement or any business related needs, please contact us.

We also offer Capital injection and corporate loans. Our rates is 3.5% interest annually with or without collateral.

Send an e-mail to our loan processing departmental head via: for more information.

FirstStop Capital

This message or any files transmitted with it are confidential information and is intended only for the recipient named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail if you have received this e-mail in error and delete immediately from your system. FirstStop Capital will not accept any liability in respect of such communication, and the employee responsible will be personally liable for any damages or other liability arising.
© 2017

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