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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: "ALI YUSUF" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:17:39 -0400
Subject: Kind Attn:

Kind Attn:

We are Private and international Money Lenders,in turkey a corporate financier for
real estate and any kind of business financing in the world at large. We
offer Loans to individuals, Firms and corporate bodies at 3% interest
per-an-um and 0.5% interest rate monthly based on loan terms determinant.
Infact we specialized in offering long term loan to people in different
countries of the world to repel bad credit, improve businesses or family
standard of living and furtherance of educational studies. So contact us
today for receiving an instant loan from this noble firm.


{1} The applicant will start the repayment of loan three months after the
loan funds had been transferred to him/her.

{2} Failure to pay back the loan within the agreed date or period, legal
actions may be taken against the applicant.

{3} Any applicant who is unable to meet up with the loan repayment on
will be given 4 to 5 weeks more as a grace period before legal actions
be taken.

{4} All interested loan Applicants must re-request for a loan application
form which must be filled with their hand writing and signed, fulfill
certain obligations as contained in the loan application document before
returning it back to us.

{5} Finally interested loan applicants are advised to respond back with a
scanned copy of data page of their identification photo along with
stated bank account details of the intending loan beneficiary.

If you agree with the above stated terms and conditions for receiving a
from this financial institution, Kindly contact us immediately for quick
processing and approval of your loan funds release without further
delays. Thank you!

Best regards,
COMMERCIAL LOAN And Finance company turkey

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