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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: "George Culmer"<>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 17:13:16 +0200
Subject: Urgent Venture!

Warm Greetings,
I saw your profile and I want to have a Profitable Joint Venture with you. =
I seek individual with Financial Management that knows-how to handle the in=
vestment and management of over GBP =A322.4Million from private investors. =
If you have fund management abilities, credible projects in need of loan or=
existing businesses requiring expansion, I would be delighted to work with=
you. No upfront fees/payment will be required in receiving this investment=
fund, but your sincerity is highly needed. Contact me for more details. =

Please Reply With Your Mobile Tel For More Details: =


My Regards,
George Culmer.
Managing Partner
Mob: +447087663737
Fax: +448458740990

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