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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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Fraud email example:

From: Easy Loan Finance <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 05:34:38 -0700

Are you in any financial burden or need loan to set up your own
business ? Do have a low credit score and find it difficult to get
Loans from local banks and other financial institutions ?

Then contact Miss Sangeetha Rose for urgent loan at low interest rate
of 3 % depending on the amount of the credit you need. WhatsApp

Miss Sangetha Rose
WhatsApp +1314470-3572

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