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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: =?utf-8?Q?Client=C3=A8le?= <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 22:04:06 +0200 (SAST)

Clientèle Loan (Pty) Ltd
Clientèle Office Park,
Corner Rivonia and Alon Road
Morningside, 2196.
Cell: +27718603735
Fax : +27867199913

Are you tired of seeking for loans, have you been turned down constantly By your banks and other financial institutions?, Clientèle Loan offers Business and Personal Loan from R20,000 to R30,000,000.00 at low interest rate of 3% with no credit check. If you are interested in taking a loan, feel free to contact us today, we promise to offer you the best services ever.

Yours in service,

Lee Anton.
Clientèle Loan Consultant.

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