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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: Loan Offer <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:03:47 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: Welcome to direct axis loans offer

Welcome To Direct Axis Financial Loans
Services, Reg. No.: 1995/006077/07
Contact Person: Mr. Felix J Morgan
Tel: + 27 71 779 3948


Direct Axis Finance is a registered financial services provider focused on partnering with individuals and cooperate bodies, by developing opportunities for the small-medium-large businesses that drive South Africa’s economy. Direct Axis Finance is made to suit each individual's financial needs, helping them to achieve financial freedom and escape the trap of bad debt.

Direct Axis Finance is committed to providing personal loans, Business Loans, Car Loans, Home loan and debt consolidation loans for only 3.5% per annum, products that enable the responsible use of credit as part of a structured financial plan.

Loans available from R10, 000 to R20, 000, 000 at fixed 3.5% interest rate
Flexible repayment periods of 6 Months to 15 Years.
Cash deposited directly into your bank account if you qualify.

How does one apply?

Kindly forward the below details to this email: (

(1) Your ID Number:
(2) Your Full Name:
(3) Amount Needed:
(4) Cell/Mobile Number:
(5) Your Alternative Email:
(6) Proposed Term & Duration Of Loan:

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Sharon J Bennett
Loan Application Manager Direct Axis Finance.

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