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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: "Cjones Capital Investment" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:36:04 +0200 (CEST)

From The Desk Of The Financier Director,
Cjones Capital Investment,
Our Ref: 0010/ A.U.I


I am a UK Government registered angel investor based in Cardiff, Wales. I
have a huge amount running into Millions of United States Dollars which I
intend to invest into any lucrative project.

I am willing to offer the funding in a form of a direct loan at 4%
interest per annum, the loan will span for a period of 5 years and there
is an option for
re-investment once both of us are satisfied with the profit accrued from
the investment. I am also open to Joint Venture at 30% Return On
(R.O.I). However, the funds for my investment dealings are clean and does
not have criminal origin. The funds are clean from Terrorist and Drug

Let me know if you require funding for your business so that we can
establish a long lasting, reliable and fruitful business relationship.

I look forward to doing business with you.

Best Regards,

Martinez Cook,(MBA PHD)


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