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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 Ronald Scott." <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 23:01:27 +0100
Subject: Loan and Investment Opportunities .....

Good Morning ,

I am Mr. Ronald Scott. Hope you are well and keeping safe.

I am a business start-up and investment consultant, I work with a
private investment company, a private investors/lenders VC's, Venture
Funds, Investment companies and other financing sources, they are
privately seeking opportunities to invest their funds in Viable
Business, such as, Real Estate funding , Oil and Gas companies,
Bio-energy, Automobile/ Aviation Companies, Manufacturing Industries

We are profile investors who are interested and willing to fund you in
any current project you are undergoing. We are privately seeking means
of expanding our investment portfolio globally. That can generate a
good Return Of Investment for their private investment portfolio.

To this end, we seek to know the possibility of going into partnership
discussion with your company within your present scope of business. If
you have projects or Opportunities or know anyone/associate who has a
viable projects that need funding, do get in touch with me .

Should you be interested to engage us for a more detailed discussion
on the aforementioned proposal, we would be happy to do so in whatever
medium you find much more appropriate for this engagement.

Thank you as I anticipate your kind attention.

I look forward to your favorable response. Please contact me on
{} for further discussion.


Mr. Ronald Scott

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