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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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Fraud email example:

From: "George James Dean" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:50:43 -0700
Subject: Re: Joint Venture Project & Investment funding / Project Loan Program..

Dear Sir,
We are an Investment Advisory company based in the United Kingdom, working for Zamil Group Holding in Saudi Arabia, as a mandate for Joint Venture Project & Investment funding / Project Loan Program.
Zamil Group Holding is offering a Joint Venture (JV) Project & Investment Funding Program for a client seeking project funding as non-recourse for a qualified project(s) for one tranche or multiple drawdowns with a large contract and multiple or series of tranches.
This Funding program allows a client to enjoy 30% / 70% JV partnership per annum for a period of 5-20 years. Zamil Group Holding can approve a project funding from USD $5 Million to USD $1 Billion depending on the nature and viability of the business.
We are currently funding for:
  * Starting up a Franchise
  * Business Acquisition
  * Business Expansion
  * Capital / Infrastructural Project
  * Commercial Real Estate Purchase
  * Contract Execution
  * Trade Financing
We are open to having a good business relationship with you. If you have a valid project, please provide us with the business plan, executive summary, financial information etc, for viability assessment, review and approval. 
Please do not hesitate to contact us for possible business co-operation if you are interested.
George James Dean (Director)
Midside Finances Limited
29 Brandon Street, Hamilton,
South Lanarkshire ML3 6DA, United Kingdom
This e-Mail contains confidential and/or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient or have received this e-Mail erroneously, please notify the sender immediately and delete this e-Mail. Any unauthorised copying, disclosure or distribution of this e-Mail is not permitted.

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