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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: SC MARIO <>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2021 04:32:01 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: RE


Seasons greetings. Are you a Financial Consultant or Have Projects that require funding?

This email is from Bridge Financed. We are a top leading financial company, based in England, United Kingdom. We have a portfolio of credit and we offer funding for Start- Up, Business Expansion, Technological Projects, Real Estate and the Likes. This festive season, our company is offering finance at 1% per annual.

We also have openings for Partnership under our Broker Programs, and we offer a 25% commission on the interest on all approved Projects referred to our Firm. We encourage financial consultants with clients in need of financing to contact us for partnership deals. If you would like to partner or apply for funding, please reply to this email, our Agent will get in touch with you.


Bridge Finance Marketing Department

Contact us today for more information by clicking reply and replying to this email.

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