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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:

Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 07:56:34 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Loan Offer !!!

Highgate Finance Corporation Pty Ltd

Get a loan from R10,000(Ten Thousand South Africa Rand) up to
R10,000,000.00(Ten Million South Africa Rand) when ever you need it
–at a fixed interest rate of 2.8% for your peace of mind.
Whether you need money for unexpected expenses,a medical crisis, to
further children’s’ education, home renovations, car loan, business
loan or consolidate your accounts -* Highgate personal loan could be
the ideal solution.

With Highgate Finance,you don’t need to wait any longer for the loan
you need!Apply right now in 2 easy steps-start by completing the short
applications form below and return by email or fax.You’ll have a
decision in maximum 24 working hours and a cash lump sum could be in
your account within just 48 hours!

Short Application Form:
1.Full Names:
2.Contact Address:
3.Contact Office Tel No
4.Contact Cell No:
6 Monthly Income:
7.ID Number:
8.Marital Status

Yours In Services,
Wendy Williamson(Mrs),
High Gate Finance(Manager Operations.)
Contact No:+27739369807
Email .

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