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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: "Mr. Peter Smith" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:31:45 -0700
Subject: Bank Instruments & Investment/Project Loan Funding.

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Peter Smith, I work as an independent financial adviser/broker f=
or a UK investment finance company.

our company can assist you in securing project and investment loan funding =
that can be used in any country from USD $5 Million - $USD250 Million per t=
ranche with the option of multiple tranches for projects valued over $USD25=
0 Million at a very competitive global rate ranging from 1.25% per annum; t=
o aid you secure funds or to activate a credit line from your local bank in=
your country or any globally AAA+ rated banks or top investment house to f=
und your projects.

Our area of services specialisation focuses more on helping our clients

1. Securing Investment / Project Loan Funding
2. Leasing / Buying Bank instrument Bank Guarantee (BG) or Standby Letter o=
f Credit (SBLC)) from any global rated AAA+ rated banks.
3. Monetisation of already issued bank BG or SBLC up to 90% of the total fa=
ce value.

Kindly contact us today and let us know which is our services you are inter=
ested in and we will be glad to assist you.




Mr. Peter Smith
Director: Harrow Financial Services (UK) Limited

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