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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: "Swiss Investment Company" <>
Date: 05 Nov 2021 08:03:06 -0700
Subject: Investment & Loan Offer`!!

Greetings ;,

I'm a consultant for a private financing and respected firm. My Investors considering the impact of the pandemic and how it affects global economy are interested in doing these: 

* Finance your company current project,
* Fund an Investment/Project of you or that of your client.

Please contact me for more detailed information below:

Agent Partner | Swiss Investment Company Sa
Chem. des Clochettes 14,
1206 Genève, Switzerland

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