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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: Ronald Olive <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:45:05 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam, We grant loan.

Dear Sir / Madam,

I am an investment officer of American/Hong Kong based investment companies
who are ready to fund projects anywhere in the world. We grant loans to
both corporate and private entities at a low interest rate of 3% per
annual. Our terms are very flexible and interesting.

Kindly get back to me if you are interested in loan.


Ronald Olive

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