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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: "Get Loan-in24hrs" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2019 07:48:46 -0800
Subject: RE: Hello

Good day,

Rapid-Invest Personal loan and corporate loan gives you an opportunity to grow your business and bring happiness to your loved ones through hassle-free loans.
We provide international loans for corporate and private entities around the globe with 6 to 12 months grace period.
Be warned we do not request for any upfront payment .

Attractive interest rates of 4%.

For further details please contacts us: -

Peter Yoon,
Head of marketing Team
P.O. Box: 7089,

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