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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 Bin Maktoum" <>
Date: Tue, 18 May 2021 06:24:50 -0700
Subject: Good day sir


Hope you are keeping safe out there
My name is Mohammed Bin Maktoum and I represent a financial and
investment firm headquartered in Bahrain with an extensive
investment portfolio of successful businesses and partnerships
that operate across the globe.

As an introduction, we are a private holding investment group
with an Excess Return Capital Profits ERCP of US$34B and
therefore expanding our investment portfolio around the world.

As a means of portfolio diversification, we are currently seeking
investment opportunities in various sectors by means of loan
financing for long and short term periods, early or late stages
in Projects and Businesses that includes: Oil and Gas,
Agriculture, Mining, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Technology,
Maritime, Hospitality, Biotechnology, Health Care, Renewable
Energy ,Aviation, Production, Manufacturing etc.

We are also currently assisting companies and businesses affected
by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic by providing sustainable
loans and financing.

Our minimum investment target size is $1 Million USD and a
maximum of $10 Billion USD. The interest rate for companies and
businesses affected by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic is a
fixed 1.5% per year, while for other categories of companies and
businesses the interest rate is a fixed 3% per year.

If this is within your scope of interest, feel free to contact
me, Our team will be happy to help and be delighted to discuss
further with you.

Best Regards,

Mohammed Bin Maktoum

Flat 0, Building 101, Road 365,
Block 306, Manama Center
Kingdom of Bahrain.

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