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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: "From Graham Mark" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:51:40 -0400
Subject: Invitation For Partnership!

Invitation For Partnership!

Good Morning,

I am financial broker and intermediary. The investor l have on my list are
interested on a JV equity investment or a direct private bridge financing
on form of a long term loan provided the interest rate can meet up to 1.5%
ROI annually.

The investors I have can fund to the tune of $ 100 Million USD at maximum.
They are equally willing to move the funding as quickly as possible.
Kindly provide me with full business details for further discussions. Once
I receive the full business plan, I will in return provide the investors
loan term sheet for your review.
Do you have a number I can reach you with?
I wait your response.

Graham Mark Harry
Managing Member
Draper Investment Company
Investment Committee
Dreikönigstrasse 31a
Zürich , Switzerland

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