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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: "Mr. Mohammed Ali" <>
Date: Thu, 06 May 2021 09:52:35 +0200

Greetings to you.

I am Ali Mohammed a financial broker to High Net-worth Individuals
We have an opportunity for every interested individual(s), companies And project owners in need of financial assistance.
We provide loan as debt finance to fund projects to all viable and lucrative sectors at a low interest rate, with up to 10 years repayment plan
We have the capacity to fund projects from One Million USD to three hundred USD

Kindly revert back if you have projects or Business that Needs funding for further discussion and negotiation.

Best Regards,
Ali Mohammed

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