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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: James Hennager <>
Date: 07 May 2021 07:27:51 +0200
Subject: Re: Project Funding/Loan and Debt Management

Dear friend,
  How are you doing?. Kindly permit me to share this information with you. It is quiet impressive.Due to the adverse effect of COVID-19 on the world's economy,Our company is expanding its global presence by investing in projects outside the Gulf region in the form of debt finance. I strongly believe you have a project or projects that requires funding. We are here to partner with you to achieve your goal.

1. Minimum Funding Amount: 1 Million USD
2. Maximum Funding Amount: 500 Million USD
3. Placement Opens to: Entrepreneurs, Corporations and Investors
4. Funding Type:Debt Funding(100%)
5. ROI(Return on Investment): 2%
6. Duration of Loan: Up to 10 years - Renewable tenure
7. We finance 100% of the total project cost
8. We finance both ongoing and fresh projects.

Details of our activities will be shared with you as soon as you get
back to me.

Best regards,
James Hennager,
Chief Financial Consultant
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