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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: "TCS SERVICE" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2023 04:07:15 -0700
Subject: Re: DARLEHEN

Ben=F6tigen Sie einen DARLEHEN f=FCr gesch=E4ftliche oder private Zwecke? =
Wir helfen Ihnen bei jeder Kreditsumme, die Sie ben=F6tigen. Unser Zinssatz=
ist attraktiv, nur 3 % Zinsen. Sie k=F6nnen einen beliebigen Betrag zu 3 %=
Zinsen von =20AC5,000 bis maximal =20AC1.000.000 ausleihen. =

Do you need a loan for business or personal purposes?Kontaktieren Sie uns =
f=FCr weitere Details und Informationen E-Mail: ttewoodcapitals09@hotmail.=
Whatapp: +34 602 06 2806
Danke und tsch=FCss

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