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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: Mr Frank Eric <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:36:40 -0500
Subject: Joint Venture.



I am pleased to contact you on a business platform haven noted your
in the investment industry and your need for foreign investor.

I represent a group of company based in Middle East. We are seeking means of
expanding and relocating our business interest abroad in the following
oil/Gas, banking, real estate, stock speculation and mining,transportation,
health sector and tobacco, Communication Services, Agriculture, Forestry &
Fishing, and thus any other sector. If you have a solid background and idea of
making good profit in any of the mentioned business sectors or any other
business in your country, please write me for possible business co-operation.

More so, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of
generating 10% annual return on investment (AROI), Joint Venture
partnership and
Hard loan funding can also be considered.If you are willing to
cooperate in this
project reply back to me as soon as possible now through my private
email below
for more details:


Anticipating for your positive response for more details.


Mr.Frank Eric.

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