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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. Jerry West" <>
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:42:20 -0800
Subject: We work according to your request.?

Good day,

My group render financial services and loan facility at a very reasonable rate of 3% yearly

re-payment please, get back to me formore information if you are interested.
We currently have USD/EURO 10M – 500M available. We arrange Following Bank Instruments: Letter

of Credit ( LC) From Various Banks in Singapore / Hong Kong / Europe /USA. These instruments are

used for the purpose: For Import / Export Business and Trade Finance. Lifespan are as follows:

90/180DAYS Bank Guarantee (BG ) Fresh Cut Slightly Seasoned, Seasoned Stand By Letter of Credit

(SBLC) 90DAYS/180/365DAYS. We offer MTN, CD, POF. We lease and sell the above named instruments.

We work according to your request .
Contact me with your direct mobile line, if you are interested about the loan or BG.

Mr. Jerry West.
Direct Line + 447734493260.

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