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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: Budi Tjahjohartoto <>
Reply-To: Budi Tjahjohartoto <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 03:36:38 +0700 (WIB)
Subject: AW: 08. 17. 2021

Wir vergeben Kredite an Privatpersonen und Unternehmen. Wir sind an der Finanzierung großvolumiger Projekte interessiert und vergeben Kredite ohne Vorabgebühr. Der Zinssatz wird jährlich bei 2% liegen. Die Rückzahlungsdauer beträgt 1-30 Jahre + 6 Monate Nachfrist.

Wir bieten:-
* Projektfinanzierung
* Business-Darlehen
* Persönliches Darlehen

Die Darlehensbearbeitung und-finanzierung dauert etwa 8 Arbeitstage ab dem Tag, an dem Sie Ihren Darlehensantrag stellen. Antworten Sie uns für weitere Informationen.

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We give out loans to individuals and companies. The interest rate will be 2% annually. We are interested in financing projects of large volume and we give out loan without any upfront fee. The repayment period is 1-30 years + 6 months grace period.

We Offer: -
* Project Financing
* Business Loan
* Personal Loan

Loan processing and financing takes about 8 working days from the day you submit your loan application. Reply for more information.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Budi Tjahjohartoto

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