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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: "MR. CARMODY SHAWN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2018 01:17:44 -0700
Subject: Loan Service

Hello Investor,

My name is Mr. Carmody Shawn. I am a financier I offer loans at low interest rate, I offer loan to all categories of people firms, companies, all kinds of business organization, individuals and real estate investors, and I give out loans with the requested amount at 5% interest rate for a maximum time duration of 1-20 years. Funding occurs within 2-3 working days after due diligence is completed. At very cheap and moderate rates 5%. I am a certified, registered and legit lender. You can contact me today if you are interested in getting loan, contact me for more information about the loan process, interested people should please contact us.

Minimum Financing: $20,000
Maximum Financing:$40,000,000

Contact me via email or call me directly on my cell (202) 871-5062. If you are interested in my service...

Yours Sincerely,
Carmody Shawn

(202) 871-5062

(Call or text Mon – Fri 8am – 7pm)
Thank you.

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