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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: "Financial broker" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 01:18:56 +0700

Attn: MD/CEO

Dear Sir/Madam,

Are you an Investor, Real Estate developer, Construction Company, Oil & Gas
companies etc. Do you need a loan to fund your project and business?

I'm a broker of project financing firm who has cutting edge and group capital fund,
they can finance any lucrative project and help you/company to enhance your business
plan. They specialize in BG, SBLC, and Non collateral loan, if you are in need of
funds to run your business or execute a project.

I'm in contact and in cordial relationship with couple of Assets Management &
Finance Companies that are willing and ever ready to grant a loan through their
prime banks across the world. The Asset Management/Finance Company is 100%
verifiable and reliable and I have done couple of deals with them, which were

Note that my commission will be taken care of by the Assets Management/Finance
Company, not you and that is the reason why I source for clients for the company
through Internet.

The interest rate is very affordable and the duration of the loan is from 1 to 10
years depends the amount of money you may require for your project.

Humbly get back to me if you are in need of this loan for further details

Austin Alessio
Financial Broker
Chancery consults
53-64 Chancery Lane,
London WC2A 1QS, UK

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