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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Wisdom Dickson"<>
Reply-To: "Mr.Wisdom Dickson"<>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 04:11:53 +0100
Subject: Capital Advisors Proposal 30/11/2021

Greeting's. =

Am contacting you to share Capital funding opportunities with you. I am a f=
inancial broker and have Investor/capital funding group that specialized in=
funding genuine projects, the Investor is capable to approve loan facility=
, financial instruments to facilitate investment/boost your current or prop=
osed business through loan approval, issuing of SBLC of any value, this Inv=
estor/capital funding group is willing/capable to fund mega projects upon s=
igning loan contract, deed of agreement with interested client, the MOU wil=
l regulate the approval of required loan amount and transfer/transmit finan=
cial instrument to client bank. My purpose of giving this information out i=
s, if you have a project that requires loan funding/SBLC to support and gro=
w your business/investment goals, this is the opportunity to accelerate the=
dream. The Investor/Allied Investor are ready to approve funding between U=
S$10M to US$1 Billion to any company or individual and the funding conditio=
ns is certainly worthy of consideration, and for the loan the investor lend=
s at the rate of 2% (annual interest rate). It is expected of you to respon=
d and inform about your business plan so I can best advise on the funding o=
pportunity available; through the Investor you would succeed in your proje=
cts, once you respond I will advise and provide full details for loan/finan=
cial instrument (SBLC). Anyone you are interested in, then you will be guid=
ed accordingly. Will be looking forward to possible business collaboration.=

Mr. Wisdom Dickson DISCLAIMER:The content of this email is confidential and=
intended for the recipient specified in message only. It is strictly forbi=
dden to share any part of this message with any third party, without a writ=
ten consent of the sender. If you received this message by mistake, please =
reply to this message and follow with its deletion, so that we can ensure s=
uch a mistake does not occur in the future.

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