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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: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:05:18 -0700
Subject: AT:

Wir bieten pers=F6nliche und gesch=E4ftliche Darlehen bei 2% Zinssatz inner=
halb von 1 Jahr bis 40 Jahre R=FCckzahlungsdauer, bieten wir Darlehen mit K=
apitalbasis zwischen dem Betrag von 10.000,00 Euro bis 100.000.000,00 Euro =
an Einzelpersonen, Unternehmen und kooperieren K=F6rperschaften.F=FCr weite=
re Informationen kontaktieren Sie uns bitte per E-Mail: mrlynneerwin97@gmai= Gr=FC=DFe Mr. Lynne M. Erwin Gruppe Finanzdienstleistungen, Inc. (G.F=
.S) -----------------------------------------------------------------------=
- We offer personal and business loan at 2% interest rate within 1 year to =
19 years repayment duration, we offer loan with capital base between the am=
ount of 10,000.00Euros to 100,000,000.00Euros to Individuals, companies and=
Cooperate Bodies. for more details please contact us via email: mrlynneerw= Regards Mr. Lynne M. Erwin Gruppe Financial Services Ltd

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