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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: "Malix" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 01:15:53 +0200
Subject: 2% On-line Services offers<>


We the Malix Finance Ltd On-line Services offers secured & unsecured loan
at a very low interest rate of 2%. We offer Personal loans, Debt
Consolidation Loan, Venture Capital, Business Loan, Education Loan, Home
Loan or "Loan for any reason! Do you have bad credit? You can still apply.

Note: For Personal Loan Amount is a Minimum of $5,000 & Maximum of
$500,000 while Business/Investment Loan Amount is Minimum of $50,000 &
Maximum of $100,000,000. Contact us today for your applications!!! Yours

Truly, Customer Service.

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