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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Jack Nicolas" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:05:26 -0400
Subject: we offer all kinds of loan at 3% Apply Now

Attn: Are you in need of a loan? we offer all kinds of loan like
loans, Debt Consolidation Loan, Business Loan, with an interest rate of
Have you been turned down by your bank? Do you have bad credit? Do you
unpaid bills? Are you in debt? Do you need to set up a business? Worry
more as we are here to offer you the chance to get a loan.if interested
contact us for more information on this email via:

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