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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: "Deanie Ron" <>
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2018 05:14:02 -0300
Subject: Financial Loan Offer -Apply Now

Greetings to You
Deanie Ron Loan Firm is offering a floating loan scheme at 3% interest rate without any collateral. (Only identification)
The Minimum amount you can borrow is $3,000.00 US Dollars to Maximum of $10.Million

Do you need Loan for individual or corporate concern? Then apply now

Your Names:
Your Country:
Your Address:
Your Age:
Your Fax Number:
Personal Number:
Office Number:
Your Occupation:
Monthly Income:
Amount Needed:
Loan duration:
Brief description of individual:

Best Regards,
Deanie Ron

All replies should be forwarded to the Company’s

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