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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: "Lars Becker" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 15:42:19 +0300
Subject: Re: Borrow loans from £$€20,000 to £$€20,000,000


Do you need a loan to enhance your business? Are you in debt? Have you been rejected by banks and
other financial institutions? I offer loans ranging from a minimum amount of $20,000 to $20,000,000 at a
favorable low interest rate.

I offer the following loans:

Personal loans
Business loans
Auto Loans
real estate loans
investment loans
Construction loans
Debt Consolidation,
Lines of Credit
Second mortgage

We will provide you with the finance to meet your needs. Respond to this ad and we will get back to you


Lars Becker

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