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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: "Mr. GTO" <>
Date: Sat, 02 May 2020 06:10:12 +0100
Subject: HELLO

Dear Friend,

I have an investor that wants to invest $6.8 Billion into a company that needs fund for expansion only. He cannot invest the money to new Companies that want to start up but into Companies that have been making good profits but needs funds for EXPANSION. He can only invest in a startup if the investment proposal is realistic. His Area of concentrations are Real Estate, Biotech, Textiles, Information technology, Pharmaceuticals, Oil & Energy Industries, Mining & Metals Industry, Management Consulting Industry, Maritime Industry, Hospital & Health Care Industry, Consumer Services Industry, International Trade and Development Industry, Gambling & Casinos Industry, Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing Industry, Insurance Industry, Chemical industries, Marketing, and Advertising Industry, Leisure, Travel & Tourism Industry, Agriculture, Aviation, Retail, Import and Export, Trade and development industry, Real Estate & Construction Industry and any other viable investment opportunities.

If you recommend a Company to take loan or investment funds from my client the investor, you and I will be entitled to 5% of any amount received by the Company from the investor but if you are taking the fund directly as a company I will be entitled to 2.5% and you will retain 2.5% as Global Finder's fee commission. There will be a face to face meeting between the investor and the investee after signing (MOU) the (AOR) should not be less than 3% per annum if it's a loan or direct project financing.

Look for a reliable Company that needs funding and we can easily make 5% of the amount received from the investor but we need to maintain absolute confidentiality in the transaction as the fund provider want to remain silent, so you have to keep it highly confidential between us. I will need the company profile and the project summary of the company that will need funding to present to my investor.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

George Tito Owen

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