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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: Planet Finance Company <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 20:05:45 +0200
Subject: Loan Offer

Planet Finance Loan Company legitimate and recognized loan company all
over the word, We offer all kinds of good Credit is very quick and
easy Personal loan, Student loan, Business loans, Credit loan debt
consolidation Car investor loan with a low interest rate of 3%, If you
are interested, do and email us now via Email:

Full name:
Amount Needed:
Monthly income:

Mr. Stephen Jones

Contact us directly to urgent e-mail to the loan
WhatsApp Number +1 (619) 714-3898

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