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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: "Costumer Services" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:56:12 +0100
Subject: Unser Kreditangebot ist 100% ige Garantie

Unser Kreditangebot ist 100% ige Garantie, wenn Sie es ernst meinen. Wir bi=
eten ein Darlehen von mindestens 10.000 USD mit einem H=F6chstbetrag von 95=
0.000.000 USD und einem Mindestzinssatz von 0,2% pro Jahr f=FCr einen Zeitr=
aum von maximal 45 Jahren an. Dieses Angebot gilt nur f=FCr seri=F6se Kunde=
n. F=FCr weitere Informationen zu unserem Darlehensangebot wenden Sie sich =
bitte per E-Mail an uns: Whatsapp: +14342261437

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