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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: "Mr Wright" <>
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2022 09:04:46 +0000
Subject: Nach 72 Stunden Kreditgenehmigung wird Ihnen eine

Schönen Tag,

Schnappen Sie sich dieses Angebot und geben Sie Ihrem Unternehmen, Ihrer Ausbildung, Ihrem Wohnsitz und Ihrem Bau einen Aufzug. Wir bieten Kredite von €10.000,00 Euro bis €500.000.000,00 Euro an. Wir bieten auch in Pound und Dollar mit einer Laufzeit von maximal 30 Jahren an. Wir bieten den niedrigsten Zinssatz von nur 2%. Bei Interesse kontaktieren Sie uns jetzt per E-Mail:

Alle E-Mails sollten an folgende Adresse weitergeleitet werden: -

Herrn Wright
L. M. A. International Finance Plc.
TW14 9HL London. Großbritannien

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