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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: "Jessica Raymond" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2019 02:19:15 +0300
Subject: Affordable Credit offer.

Do you need an urgent loan to pay off your bill or Christmas Loan? or you need a loan for business?
We can help you with a loan for 3% interest rate, we offer from 2,000 to 50 Million in the currency type of USD, EURO and POUNDS. Email us today below info:

Full Name:
Loan Amount needed:
Loan Duration:

Note: We only welcome serious minded people.

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