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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: Bruce Alan Lewis < >
Reply-To: Bruce Alan Lewis < >
Date: 06 Dec 2018 10:12:11 -0800

Simple and Fast Business Capital from $25,000.00 - $20,000.000.00

Do you Own a small Business and NEED Loan ?

Business Loans $25,000.00 - $20,000.000.00

1* Page application, Approval in 24 hours and money in 2-3 days !

Whether you are looking to Expand, Refinance, Renovate, Invest in new equipment, Payroll, or simply want a little extra working capital for your business. Funding options of $25,000.00 - $20,000.000.00+ are available to help your business reach it's potential!

Email us or Text us today for your Pre-Qualification Link along with your Name, Cell number, Email, requested loan amount and potentially get funded within a few days across the US.  Contact me on my private email.

Yours Sincerely,
Bruce Alan Lewis < >


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