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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: "LOAN" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 17:34:07 +0100
Subject: Une definition interresante dans le glossaire de

Bonjour LOAN OFFER, Do you need a loan ? LOCATED IN USA, CALIFORNIA, PEOPLES MORTGAGE LOAN, Are you in any financial mess or do you need Loan to start up your own business? Do you need loan to settle your debt or pay off your bills? :contact our loan office e-mail: * Personal Loan * Business Loan * Fill below Information Full Names: Phone number: Contact Address: State: Country: Amount needed as loan: Loan duration: Occupation: Amount needed as loan: Monthly Income: Thanks And GOD Bless,

LOAN a pense que cette definition pourrait vous interresser et a souhaite vous l'envoyer.

Terme : Loop

Définition : Répétition plus ou moins longue d'une séquence sonore. Le loop peut être utilisé lors d'une transition entre deux morceaux, ou rajouté sur un morceau afin de personnaliser celui-ci.

D'autres definitions sont disponibles dans le glossaire de

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