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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: "Martino Demitriou" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:08:34 -0700

Dear Sir/madam

I am an international investment broker with a access to clients who have private and corporate investment portfolios woth more than $100,000,000.00 (100 Million Dollars).

These clients are looking for investment opportunities and are willing to help you grow your company or fund your project with a soft loan as they are privately seeking means of expanding their portfolio globally.

If you are interested,i would like you to provide me with a comprehensive business plan for the investment team to review review and if there are interested,book a face to face meeting date .

For further details please do not hesitate to contact me below if you have any query or more clarification.

Expecting your early response to the below email: ( )

Martino Demitriou

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