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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Grameen_Cr=C3=A9dit-Agricole?= <>
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2021 04:21:17 +0800
Subject: Apply for a loan and get paid within 24hrs.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr. Richard Cameron Mcculloch a Financial Loan officer to Grameen
Credit AgriCole Based in England.

Are you in Need of a Loan? Do you need financial Help? Do you need a
Business Loan or do you need a Refinance Loan? Now you have an answer to
you financial Problems now. We offer Loans @ low interest 3% rate.
Interested persons should please Contact me for further discussions.

I will guide you and tell you the procedures on how to obtain a loan
from Grameen Credit AgriCole under 24hrs.

A very nice day is my wish to you.
Thanks and Regards,
Richard Cameron Mcculloch
Loan Officer
WhatsAPP +447462309773
Fondation Grameen Crédit-Agricole

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