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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: "Venser Investment Company" <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 03:11:00 -0500
Subject: Venser Investment Company

From: Venser Investment Company.

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Allow me introduce our company to you, we are a modest Cayman Islands based
European Business and Finance Consultancy, offering service to midline
businesses and individuals in the Europe who desire to expand into other
countries or business activities.

We are presently confronted with a request to invest funds in your country,
the funds belong legitimately to widower from Saudi Arabia and the funds are
deposited with the Pott Exchange of Netherlands.

Against this background we are seeking your indulgence to respond to us
indicating if you are capable and wiling to partner with us in the
investment of Twenty Five Million US Dollars, in a covert expedient and
confidential manner.

The investor in this case is interested in Industry and real estate, and
your advice will be much valuable and highly regarded in this matter.

Your swift response will be appreciated, and we will like you to include a
brief profile of yourself family or business, along with your complete
contact information in your response.

Thank you so much and we look forward to doing business with you.

Alberto Petris
For: Venser Investment Company.

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