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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: Global Financial Consultancy Ltd <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:30:52 -0700
Subject: Re: Banking Instrument L/C/ BG/SBLC/Loan Issuance,Project Finance

Dear ,

We are a financial consultant that handles international finances for any
amount of banking instruments. We have the access/contacts to raise
from 5 million to 10 billion Euros through TOP PRIME AA BANKS like
Barclays Bank, HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest etc.

Feel free to engage our leased facilities in trade programs, project
financing, Credit line enhancement, Corporate Loans (Business Start-up
Loans or Business Expansion Loans) and many more.

Intermediaries/Consultants/Brokers are welcome to bring their clients and
are 100% protected. In complete confidence, we will work together for the
benefits of all parties involved.

For more information;
email to :

Best Regards
Mr.James Atherton
Global Financial Consultancy Ltd
308 Loughborough road,
West Bridgeford,Nottinghamshire,
England,NG2 7FB.

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