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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: Finance Ltd
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 08:17:48 +0100
Subject: 2% loan offer<>

Are you interested in obtaining a loan starting at 2% interest rate? Whatever your loan needs are; Personal Loans, investment, refinancing, starting up a franchise, commercial real estate purchase, contract execution, company investment projects, accumulated bills settlement, starting a new business? We can assist you with a flexible re-payment plan. Your credit history notwithstanding; we would gladly consider your loan request. Please provide the details below for review:

1. Full Names:
2. Amount of loan Needed:
3. Loan Duration:
4. Loan purpose:
5. Phone number:
6. Gender:
7. Country:
8. Residential Address:
9. Occupation:
10.Monthly Income:

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