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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:, Raul O <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:10:31 +0700 (+07)
Subject: Rehab Fix & Flip Construction.

Hello, I wanted to reach out and let you know about our new lending programs for 2019. I am the Managing Director of PFG. We are a direct private lender who provides flexible lending solutions for real estate investors. From your profile, it seems like our products would be a good fit for your clients and I would like to connect. Poor Credit history is not a barrier" We give out the following category of loan listed below: ================================== * Platinum packaged loan (USD30,000,000.00)* Gold packaged loan (USD20,000,000.00)* Premium packaged loan (USD10,000,000.00)* Large Scale business loan (USD1,000,000.00) * Mortgage Loan (USD500,000.00)* Small scale business Loan (USD200,000.00)* Venture Capital (USD100,000.00)* Equipment Loan (USD50,000.00)* Consumer Loan (USD20,000.00)* Student Loan (USD10,000.00) fix and flip loans - Hard money loan - private loans.etc. Specific terms depend on the deal in question. ================================== In today's economy, traditional banks are closing their doors to small businesses in need of loans; the World Bank takes the people's need and well being into consideration. To apply we require minimal documentation and there is no need to switch credit card processing. With US, businesses will always receive their approvals in less than 48 hours time. If you have a client that might be a fit for our lending program, we would love to discuss. Please feel free to respond to this message or visit to submit a loan request and find more information,We are very flexible, we would be happy to receive an Executive summary to see if you have any viable project we can finance and partner together by making financial investment in Form of soft loans. I will be looking forward to hearing from you to discuss your loan scenarios. Yours, Truly, Encio, Raul O PARADISE FINANCIAL GROUP, L.L.C. Addresss:18011 Biscayne Blvd 601 Aventura, FL 33160 Office : +1 (305) 257-8670 Fax ( 855) 495-3076 Email:

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