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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: "Mark Lawrence" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:53:59 +1300 (WST)
Subject: Greetings

I am an independent broker based in the UK. My job is to link up
entrepreneurs/fund seekers with Investors who are ready to invest in good
business projects and ideas that will yield a high ROI mainly in following
sectors: oil/Gas, banking, real estate, stock speculation and mining,
transportation, health sector and tobacco,communication
services,Agriculture Forestry & Fishing or any other sectors of business.

we are open to go into a partnership with you and give you maximum of
$200,000,000 USD. {Two hundred million US dollars} as stated by the C.E.O.
The investment size can be discussed depending on your capabilities. If
you are interested in this or you know anybody who has good business ideas
but lack the necessary capital to fund his Ideas and projects, let me know
so we can have further discussion.

please do not hesitate get back to me. on my private email

Thank you,
Awaiting your REPLY
sincerely Yours.

Mark Lawrence
Arab Investment Company
Emad Commercial Center, 4th Floor,
Sharq, Ahmed Al-Jaber Street.

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