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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: Jerry Rams <>
Date: 15 Sep 2021 08:35:15 +0200
Subject: Funding Oppurtunity Avaliable

Good Day,

Trust you are doing great?  Are you an entrepreneur/business owner or chief executive officer seeking capital for your business growth or expansion?

Al Tadhamon Capital Investment Group will be willing to partner with you for your business growth and expansion. We are now seeking to invest into various feasible projects from various sectors of the economy of different regions around the globe by expanding our investment portfolio and investing into projects at 3% interest annually.

Please Ignore if not interested.

God bless,

Best regards,
Jerry Rams
Loan Consultant

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