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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: "Khalid Hassan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 10:53:58 -0800

Good day

For a formal Introduction, My name is Khalid Hassan and i represent a financial hub that that provides loans and other credit facilities for all sectors of business/associated ventures aimed at fostering growth to generate long term and sustainable returns on investment(ROI). We fund different kind of ventures from early stage-start-ups, partnerships, existing ventures and also undertake capital projects financing.
I can help you secure a loan of up to $10 Million depending on your proposal and business intentions. Contact me so can give you workability details
Yours truly
Khalid Hassan

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