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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: "Mendiola Andrew" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 13:37:44 -0000
Subject: Reply immediately!

Financial Assistance from a private money Lender,
No Repayment penalty
48 hours delivery service
11% interest rate
Loan amount from $10,000.00 to $10,000,000.00
Duration of 12 months to 10 years maximum.

Reply with the following details if interested, If not please ignore.

Name and address
Amount seeking for
Direct email and phone contact
A specified proof of identity with name and photo boldly visible.

Thank you,
5930 Hyacinth Path Way
Houston, TX 77049
Contact: (832) 975-0453

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