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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: Francis Mark <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 19:49:12 +0100
Subject: Attention:


My name is Mr. Mark Francis. .An European Citizen and a Financial BROKER,
with the world Largest Management Loan/Investment Company with over
$6.8 Billion Capital Investment Funds. I wish to know if you are open
for private investor's discussion to invest with you or your company.

Are you looking for a Workable Finance or a Financial Freedom to
expand and grow your business and company?. we are ready to invest or
loan fund with a stipulated capital tune of $ 1.8 Billion and above
into any company that needs Investments or fund Loaning for EXPANSION
only We seek for beneficial projects for the organizations, seeking
means of expanding and relocating our business interest abroad in the
following sectors: oil/Gas, banking, real estate, stock speculation
and mining, transportation, health sector and tobacco, Communication
Services, Agriculture Forestry & Fishing,thus any sector.

We are ready to fund projects outside gulf region in the form of
Loan/JV Partnership. We grant funding to both cooperate and private
entities at a low interest rate of ROI per annul. The terms are very
flexible and interesting. Kindly revert back if you have projects that
needs funding for further discussion and negotiation
Looking forward to hear from you.
Mark Francis

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