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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: "Project Funding >" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 14:59:11 -0000
Subject: Business Plan

Greeting from Rahman,

I am pleased to contact you on a business platform haven gotten your email through a business directory. I am the investment coordinator to a prestigious investment group based in Bahrain, we are interested on a direct private bridge financing on form of a long term loan provided the interest rate can meet up to 5% annually.

We are interested in funding project(s) depending on how lucrative the business venture is, while our financial strength can fund to the tune of US$500 million maximum. We are willing to move the funding procedures as quickly as possible.

If you have any lucrative project with a business plan regardless of the business sector and the region, kindly provide me with full business plan for my review and valuation.

You can contact me immediately at:

Best reards,
Rahman Nasser Saeed
Director Investment Finance & Capital Market

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