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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:

Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:14:46 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Business Loan/Debt Financing


We have financed various projects and ventures in different countries
through our investment capital.
We are now seeking to invest in various feasible projects from various
sectors of the economy of different regions around the globe by offering
commercial refinancing.
We are basically seeking expansion strategy through diversified strategic
partnership. We have a broad view on investment banking from expertise of
our team.
Reply if interested for the Loan.
Allah Bless,
Chief Financial Officer

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