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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: "Apply Loan at 5%" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2023 16:12:14 -0700
Subject: Apply Loan at 5% from $10,000 to $50Million,

Apply Loan at 5% from $10,000 to $50Million, if you are blacklisted you
can also apply.

Send your I.D copy or copy of your passport, latest pay slip or
3 months bank statement.

And proof of address, write the amount you need and your phone number
on your I.D copy then we will process and get back to you.

Our loan starts from $10,000 at 5% interest rate, if you are blacklisted you are free to apply.

WhatsApp or Call:+27790890411

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