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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: Anna Wong <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 02:50:56 +0800
Subject: Oferta de Prestamo

Estoy Sra. Anna Wong, director de la FK CAPITAL BHD.. Este correo es =
para informar al p=FAblico que estamos ofreciendo a las empresas y pr=
=E9stamos personales a tasa de inter=E9s del dos por ciento dentro de=
l rango m=EDnimo de 5.000 euros a un m=E1ximo de 20.000.000 euros. Si=
usted est=E1 interesado, p=F3ngase en contacto con nosotros con la s=
iguiente informaci=F3n: -

Usted debe ser mayor de 21 a=F1os para solicitar nuestros pr=E9stamos=
y tener una fuente de ingresos.

Nombre completo ---------------------------
Pr=E9stamo cantidad necesaria -----------------
Duraci=F3n del pr=E9stamo -----------------
Direcci=F3n de casa / Pa=EDs -----------------
tel=E9fono --------------------


El Sra. Anna Wong
Kuala Lumpur, Malasia

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