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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: Morgan Hill <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 02:53:06 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Dear Sir,

Dear Sir,

Kindly confirm, if you are interested in the loan; I have a United Arab Emirates and Dubai base

industrialist but a Saudi Arabian National who

is currently looking for an avenue to make a discrete investment of US$500 Million before making systematic

liquidation of company. His company is currently running on over a billion dollar deficit and this has prompted

his need to put some funds aside before submitting paperworks for bankruptcy and liquidation.

The loan will be offered based on your good out standing profile.

He is willing to invest part of the fund in exchange for 5% yearly interest for a maximum duration of 5 years. However, he

will require a corporate equity or original documentation of the proposed investment to safeguard his fund

in case of default. If interested, kindly write for terms and possible meeting with my client including your direct tel number.

Get back to me on this my private email:



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