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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: David Shipman Loan <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:17:50 -0700
Subject: (no subject)


We are providing Loan/Investment funds to Companies and Individuals with
profitable Business project in any area of specialization at a low
interest rate of 3% and for a duration of 1 upto 10 years plus a 12
months grace period.

If interested contact me otherwise you can decline.



Schöne Grüße,

Wir bieten Unternehmen und Privatpersonen Darlehens- / Investmentfonds
mit einem rentablen Geschäftsprojekt in jedem Spezialisierungsbereich zu
einem niedrigen Zinssatz von 3% und für eine Laufzeit von 1 bis 10
Jahren plus einer Nachfrist von 12 Monaten.

Bei Interesse kontaktiere mich sonst kannst du ablehnen.



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