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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: "ENTERPRISE LOANS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2019 07:47:20 -0800
Subject: RE: LOAN ON LOW %.

Dear Sir/Ma'am

We have set aside $100 Billion US Dollars for our loans program. ENTERPRISE LOANS & INVESTMENT BANK is now open to all people looking for a loan. We offer loans grant at an affordable interest rate of 3% for per annum (1 year). This program is available to all credible and honest loan seekers who are in need of a business loan, home mortgages, real estates etc. We give up to US$100,000,000 (One Hundred Million US Dollars) in loan grants.

Fill in the blank spaces for full application:

1. Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Date of Birth:
5. Man/Woman:
6. Nationality:
7. Country Where You Now Live:
8. Mobile No:
9. Loan Amount:

You can contact us immediately by sending the above mentioned information to our Email:

Mr. Peter Brogan
Operations Director.

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