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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: "Robert Fast Capital" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 16:16:52 +0200
Subject: Do you need a loan?

We are a registered and certified lenders, we loan out money for both business and personal purpose. we give out loans on a clear and understandable terms and conditions.

We give out loans at a low interest rate of 2%, this offer is for serious minded individual, firms and companies. Do not let this opportiunity pass you by.

Please contact us today via email:
Whatsapp / Call 407-236-1668
Robert Fast Capital

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