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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: "DFC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2018 12:21:30 -0700

Dear Sir/Madam,
We are a Licensed Investment company in UAE, duo to market quest for maximizing our shareholders value in our company, we are looking out for a viable investment projects outside UAE, we can fund as a soft loan under our ongoing cooperate finance program at 3% interest rate per annum without collateral.
We are mostly interested in the following sectors; Oil/Gas, Banking, Real estate, Stock Speculation, Mining, Transportation, Hotel & Tourism, Health Sector, Tobacco, Communication Services, Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, Thus any feasible sector.
If you have any viable project which requires funding, we would like to work with you, send the business plan or any related documents via email at;
Warm Regards,
DFC Management.

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