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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: "Prestige Royal Funds Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:41:19 -0500

Dear sir.

It is a great honor to communicate with you and introduce our investment
Group for 2018. We represent a strong global financial and strategic
Financial and investment organisation, as a United Arab Emirates based on investment and
Finance Facility Company We are working on extending our international
Global portfolio and finances projects in the form of debt financing
USD1 million and above, we also offer personal and business loans from the
Tune from 1m USD to 500m USD.
We want to invest again by means of project financing in investment loan to third
Party investors, project owners at an interest rate of 2.5% per year long-term investment projects which can produce
Up to 10% ROI within the period.
Confirm your interest in further procedure to begin,

1-Oil and gas project
2-Business Startup
3-Business Acquisition
4-Property for sale
5-Execution of the contract, etc.,

We would like to receive your Executive summary/project plan and
If accepting an NDA.
It is our determination to engage diligently in a feasible project of your choice with a view to funding and providing
Soft loans.
Submit your projects summary to us for the evaluation for funding (

Best regards.
Dr. Riad Kamal
Prestige Royal Funds Company

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