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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: "Lawson .J" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:31:57 -0000
Subject: Re: Affordable Loan

Are you looking for a business loan, personal loans, mortgage loans, auto loans, student loans, debt consolidation loans, unsecured loans, venture capital, etc ... Or have you been declined a loan by your bank or financial institution for one or more reasons? Here you will get solution to that problem as long as you are found eligible for the loan and trust worthy. We offer loans from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000,000.00, we offer loans to companies and individuals at a low and affordable interest rate of 2%. So if you are interested for a quick and easy loan. Contact us today via EMAIL  & call our officer in charges through his Direct USA no.
Tel: +1 (208) 598-8385
Mr. Jimmy Lawson
Phone no. +1 (208) 598-8385

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