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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: "Mr. Johnson Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2024 02:18:40 -0800
Subject: /kindly move this to inbox,Good day

Dear sir

I am an Investment financing Consultant working for top investment financing companies globally. By virtue by my esteemed affiliation with a Bank in asia we can help you get a Credit Line which will actively give you access to Funds between $10 million to $5 billion up to a period of 10 to 20 years for 3,5% annual rate on the credit line in returns, the bank will open a credit line account on your behalf in there bank online and send the account details to you direct.

I will help you process the Credit Line within a few days if interested, the credit line, or line of credit, is a revolving credit agreement that allows you to write checks or make cash withdrawals of amounts up to your credit limit. It's also called open-end credit or a revolving line of credit. The Fund is available to fund any type of viable businesses, investments or projects. Let me know the exact amount you need for your projects.

Get in touch if you have a viable project that requires funding.


+ 27 810128557

Yours Truly

Mr. Johnson Williams

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