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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:

Date: 16 May 2021 05:42:34 +0800
Subject: Capital Investment

Dear Sir/Madam,

Here we are a year later after the "lockdown" began. I hope that you, your family and colleagues are well. As business resumes, many firms are re-evaluating their capital funding resources looking for "breakout" options and increasing financial capital.

My principals have now obtained foreign exchange quotas and approvals including increasing financial capital and under accounts, trade platform, corporate accounts and even private accounts.

Do you have any viable business platform project that needs financial funding? Depending on your business platform project/s our principals are willing to provide the capital to the ideal partner ready to work for a mutual benefit and financial capital will be delivered to you under a non-recourse finance platform.

It will be my duty to guide you to secure a corporate small or large capital investment or even private capital enhancement.

For more details contact me at ( )

James Nicholas.

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