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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: "Brian Miller" <>
Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019 05:46:28 -0700
Subject: Business Opportunity

I am Brian Miller The Marketing executive of Edificio El Pentagono Inc. We have the mandate of a private investor who want to invest it's equity assets into any of construction, real estate/Property, hotel/resort, textiles, Information tech, Pharmaceuticals, Oil/gas and Mining/energy industries in your country. So we are looking for a reliable person to help us execute this great opportunity.

Also Edificio El Pentagono Inc offer Equity financing to businesses as a loan management system.

For more information or If interested ,please message me on

Best sincerely,
Brian Miller
Edificio El Pentagono Inc

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