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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: "Chinar Babayeva" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 18:55:06 -0700

2022 Loan Offer.
I am Ms. Chinar Babayeva, an International Investment financing Consultant Ltd working for top investment financing companies in Kuwait and Qatar, Switzerland, UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Middle East and Turkey. I help clients and individuals and organisations seeking investment funding for their viable investments or projects anywhere in the world.
We are interested in funding projects and investments from $10 million to $10 billion up to a period of 20 years through project/investment loan approved from top global rated banks or through Joint Venture (JV) project partnership funding with some top global networth investors and politicians from Switzerland, Middle East, Turkey and Africa.
We are currently interested in funding viable businesses, investments or projects in the following areas of interest, after a successful one-on-one investment presentation with the investors team of fund managers: We also pay 1% commission to brokers, who introduce project owners for finance or other opportunities.
* Starting up a Franchise
* Business Acquisition & Expansion
* Medical/Healthcare procurement & Supplies
* Capital/Infrastructural Project
* Oil, Gas & Renewable Energy
* Commercial Real Estate Purchase & Development
* Hospitality & Leisure
* Government/NGO Contract Execution
* International Trade Financing
Get in touch if you have a viable project that requires funding.
Yours Truly,
Ms. Chinar Babayeva
Foreign Operation Manager
Unicap International Investment Consultant Finance Ltd
Kuwait city, Kuwait

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