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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: Garskamp Personenvervoer Holding BV <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 22:22:40 +0200

Dear Sir / Madam.

We are a global provider and manager of alternative investment products,
serving high-net-worth private and institutional clients.

We are led by a dynamic Investment team renowned for having an "open
door" policy and providing investment, corporate and personal Loan at 3%
Interest Rate for a duration of 10 Years at all levels.

We also pay 1% commission to brokers, who introduces project owners for
finance or other opportunities.

Please get back to me if you are interested for more details.

Yours faithfully,
Francesco L.Hoffmann
Senior Project Fin. Officer

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