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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 Financial Services Pty Ltd <>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:19:45 +0500
Subject: We Offer Loan At 3% Low Rate.

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

We, the Castel Finance Credit Loan Providers offers loan at a very low
interest rate of 3% per year, We offer Personal loans, Debt Consolidation
Loan, Venture Capital, Business Loan, Educational Loan, Home Loan or &
quot;Loan for any reason!.

Have you been turned down by your bank? Do you have bad credit? Do you have
unpaid bills? Are you in debt? Do you need to set up a business? Worry no
more as we are here to offer you a low interest loan. Our loan ranges from
R10, 000.00 (Ten Thousand South Africa Rand) to
R10, 000,000.00. (Ten Million South Rand).

If you are interested do not hesitate to contact us with informations
below by email:

1. Your Full names:
2. Contact address:
3. Occupation:
4. Your Contact Telephone Numbers:
5. Monthly Income:
6. Contact Email Address:

Yours In Service,
Juliette Brown(Mrs),
Castel Finance Financial Controller,
Direct Tel No: +27739369807.
Fax No:+27(086)2249025.

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