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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: "Mr. James Miller" <>
Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2019 00:28:08 -0800
Subject: Re: Loan/Funding for a project

Are you in need of a Loan/Funding for a project? Have you been trying to o=
btain a Loan from any of the Banks or Loan Companies and got Ripped off and=
they have refused to grant you the Loan because of bad credit? we offer al=
l types of non-recourse Loan and funding at a low Interest Rate of 3% both =
long term and short term.
The categories of Loan/financial funding offered include but not limited t=
o: Business Loan, Personal Loan, Company Loan, Mortgage Loan, debt consolid=
ation and financial funding for both turnkey and mega projects E.T.C. from =
a minimum of Euro/US$1Million to Euro/US$5Billion Max.
Kindly get in touch for further details and procedure.
Regards =

Mr. James Miller

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