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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: Burakemre<>
Date: 13 Apr 2021 15:23:16 -0700

  I represent an Investment Group. We are expanding our global presence by investing in viable projects across the globe. We are funding agricultural projects, real estate, technology, healthcare, oil & gas, energy and any dream project of your choice. We are willing to inject from $500,000 to $1 billion and more in a viable project(s).

 If you have a viable project that needs funding or for business expansion, kindly get back to us with your business plan and executive summary for our review and possible funding. write here for further details :

Thank you

Burak Emre
Chief Operation Officer

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