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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2020 21:51:01 +0100
Subject: Kreditangebot zu 1%

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Benötigen Sie einen Finanzassistenten? Sind Sie auf der Suche nach einem verlässlichen Darlehensangebot? Ich meine, Sie garantieren ein sicheres, erschwingliches Darlehensangebot zu einem Zinssatz von 1% für den Zeitraum von 1 bis 40 Jahren Einzelheiten, falls Sie Interesse an einer Zusammenarbeit mit uns haben, senden Sie mir bitte eine E-Mail an die unten angegebene Adresse

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