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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: "Zion NetCredit LLC"<>
Date: Sun, 06 Mar 2022 17:56:08 -0600
Subject: Need urgent personal/business loan?

Ladies and gentlemen,
We offer all purpose loans, apply to Zion NetCredit LLC now and get fund=
ing approval within 3 business days.
- Minimum loan amount: AC10,000 EUR
- Maximum loan amount: AC 10,000,000 EUR
- Interest: 2% per year
For more information, email the company directly: N=
Your name:
Residential address:
State and country:
Required loan amount:
Date of Birth (from):
Monthly income:
Occupation: Occupation:
Replacement email address:
We will wait for your details and then you will be provided with the loan =
terms and monthly repayment schedules that you can accept.
God bless you
Mr Bernard Michael.
CEO: Zion NetCredit LLC

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