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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: "Barr.Charles Gomez" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2022 05:08:46 -0500
Subject: Dear Investment Partner,

From Desk of: Barr. Charles Gomez
Address: Plaza del Rey No.1 28004 Madrid.Spain.
Phone: +34 632 028 752

This Message was sent for Investment Loans Partnership.

Dear Investment Partner,

My Name is Barr. Charles Gomez Representing SIR. ALEXANDER BORIS from
Russia, I am a Investment/ loans Advisor and International Outsourcing
personnel. I recommend credible Entrepreneur/viable projects to a
Consortium of Private Investors who are looking for good business
plan/Entrepreneurs to invest into and manage Funds on a short and long
Term basis with trust as my Principals want to Invest with you if you
interested to handle the Investment project as my Client was on sick Bed
who Authorized me to search for a trusted person.

I have a loan offer from my principals to recommend on Merit a reputable
Private Individual/ Company Owner with good Financial standing to receive
and invest between US$3.000,000.00 Million USD to US$900,000,000.00
Million US Dollar in a secure High Risk/Low Risk Investment/ projects that
will Generate a good Return on Investment Annually {ROI}.

The terms are 2% interest rate per annual (Negotiable) / time duration is
10 Years/ 2 Year grace period.

Kindly indicate your interest for more details if your interested ,
Respond with your Contact Details as I stated Below:

1: Full Name:
2: Address:
3: Occupation:
4: Date of Birth:
5: Country:
8: Telephone:
10:Email Address:
11: Your ID:
12: Total Amount to Invest With:
13: Your Company Name:

Kindly make sure you include copy any of your ID and be assure that we
will have trust in you as we are going to make sure the money you agree to
invest with my principals in good Faith, and I will give you more details
as soon as you show your interest, and if your not interested please you
should deleted this message without show it to any third parties for
secret confidential of this Project.

I am looking forward to hear from you soonest.

May God Bless you.

Yours Sincerely,
Barr.Charles Gomez
Phone: +34 632 028 752

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