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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Gonz=C3=A1lez_Santiago?= <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 16:22:00 +0800
Subject: Re: Project Funding.

Dear Associate,

We are ready to finance your project. We offer flexible financial
packages for various projects by passing the usual and formal
procedures. We are willing to provide financing for up to 500 million
USD and above depending on the nature of business. We are currently
providing funds.

We would like you to provide us with a comprehensive business plan for
our team of investment expert review. We take a 3% founders fee if you
get funded or receive the loan.

* Business Start-up
* Business Acquisition
* Business Expansion
* Commercial Real Estate purchase
* BG, SBLC Bank instrument provider
* Contract Execution, etc

Do reply to my private email, if you have a need for our investment
facility for further discussion.

Warm Regards,
González Santiago
Business Financial Consultant
"Admin Assist. | Private Banking and Client Services | Senior Broker/Mandate"
34 Pink Lane Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5DW United Kingdom. Financial
Adviser | Lease Brokerage | Consultant & Mandate | Bank Instruments
Funding.International Financial Experts - Working with high level FED
and European Top Bankers.

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