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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: Welcome To 1stCoin Loans <>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2023 11:19:48 +0200
Subject: Welcome To 1stCoin Loans

Welcome To 1stCoin Loans

If you want to give your lifestyle a boost or have an unexpected
expense to deal with, a Loan from 1Coin Loans is the cost-effective
way of making it happen.
1Coin Loans is flexible: you can borrow from R20, 000 to R2,500,
000.00 and affordable repayment periods range from 6 months to
We offer a comprehensive range of personal loans, business loans, home
loans, student loans, and debt consolidation loans that can be adapted
to suit your changing needs and circumstances at a 3.5% interest rate.

Businesses or Individuals are interested in applying for a loan with
1Coin Loans or who simply require more information. TO APPLY, simply
SEND AN EMAIL with your ID Number, Full Name, Occupation, Monthly
Income, and Contact details to ( or
WhatsApp/call: +27717545220

Marketing Team
1Coin loans PTY(ltd)

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