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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: "Muthoot Finance Pvt Ltd" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 08:10:48 +0100
Subject: my subject

Be informed that Muthoot Finance give out Guarantee Business Loans, Automobile Purchase Loans, House Purchase Loans, Personal Loans at 3% interest rate, for more info email:
Estar informado de que Muthoot Finanzas Dar a conocer Garanta de negocios Prstamos, Prstamos de Automviles Compra, Casa Compra prstamos, prstamos personales a tasa de inters del 3%, para obtener ms informacin email:
Assunto: meu tema Ser informado de que Muthoot Finance dar empréstimos de Garantia de Negócios, Automobile Os empréstimos Purchase, Casa empréstimos Purchase, empréstimos pessoais na taxa de juros de 3%, para mais informações e-mail:
Nous portons à votre connaissance que Muthoot Finance vous donne des prêts d’affaires, pour l’achat des automobiles, des maisons, des prêts personnels, tous pour un taux d'intérêts de 3%, pour plus des détails consultez:
Byt informovaný, že Muthoot Financie rozdávat zárucnej podnikatelských úverov, automobilový Nákup pôžiciek, úverov na bývanie, osobné pôžicky vo výške 3% úrokovou sadzbou, pre viac informácií e-mail:
Wir teilen mit, dass Muthoot Finance Firmen-Darlehen, Darlehen zur Anschaffung von Kfz-Fahrzeugen, Erwerb von Immobilien sowie persönliche Darlehen zu 3% effektiven Jahreszins anbietet, weitere Informationen erhalten Sie per E-Mail:
Det opplyses om at Muthoot Finance gir ut garanti Business lån, Automobile kjøpe lån, hus kjøpe lån, personlige lån på 3% rente, for mer info e-post:

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