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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:

From: "Dean Johnson" <>
Date: 18 May 2018 11:39:35 -0700
Subject: Please Respond Urgently

Dear sir,

We are A finance firm duly registered in England and Wales. Our
office is located Cawley House;149-155 Canal Street, Nottingham
Nottinhamshire, England, NG1 7HR United Kingdom. Our Group invite
you to partner with us and benefit in our new Loan and Project
funding program. Weffer flexible loans and funding for various
projects bypassing the usual rigorous procedures.

This Funding program allows a client to enjoy low interest
payback for as low as 3 - 4% per annum for a period of 5-10
years. We can approve a loan/funding for up to or more depending
on the nature of business.

We are currently funding for:

* Starting up a Franchise
* Business Acquisition
* Business Expansion
* Commercial Real Estate purchase
* Contract Execution

We are open to having a good business relationship with you. If
you think you have a solid background and idea of making good
profit in
any venture.

please do not hesitate to contact us for possible business co-


Mr.Dean Johnson

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