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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: Standard Chatered Loans<>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2022 20:48:18 +0300
Subject: re

I 19m pleased to introduce you to Standard Chatered Loans & Investment. We =
bring together and manage a multi - billion dollar portfolio of local, regi=
onal and international investment, which we wish to re-invest through proje=
ct funding in investment loan to third party investors, project owners and =
general business facilitators on a 2% loan interest rate per annum on long =
& short term investment projects on a minimum and maximum face value of 50,=
000 Euro to 1 Billion Euro.
If this is of interest to you or you, we would love to be a resource for yo=
u. For more details regarding our funding program, please feel free to cont=
act us at
I am respectfully asking you to drop a line even if this is of no interest=
to you at this moment.

Standard Chatered Loans & Investment.

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