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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: Castel Finance Loan Provider <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 02:49:55 -0400
Subject: To Whom It May Concern

Welcome to Castel Financial Services Pty Ltd.
(A Personalised Service For All Your Borrowing Needs)

Do you need a loan to clear your debts/bills, or start up a
business? Then consider your financial problems over. In today's
economic climate, finding reliable funding sources can be frustrating
and full of disappointments, but with our sophisticated loan repayment
plan, everyone smiles home.

We Offer guaranteed loan services of any amount and to any part
of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique and Namibia
to individuals, companies, real tors and corporate bodies at our superb
interest rate of 3% APR Typical variable.
Get a Personal Loan now for house improvements, commercial/business
loan, car loan, leasing/equipment finance, debt consolidation,
investment property/Finance
For Loan Applications, do complete the information below and return

1.Full Names:
2.Contact Address:
3.Contact Tel No:
5.Monthly Income:
6.Marital Status:

Yours In Service,
Juliette Brown(Mrs),
Loan Applications Controller.
Direct Tel No: +27739369807

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