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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. Mulliun" <mullin@PCKSMS.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:04:35 -0500

Hello Friend,

Thank you for your time reading this.
Please consider this proposal lucrative and contact me urgently if your are interested.We are a financial services and advisory company established in Bahrain. We are private limited firm made up and funded by indigenous investors and lenders as its shareholders across the gulf region, with support from the UAE and Bahrain government at our disposal.

okeymorris: We are interested in growing our influence and reach to other countries, through company financing and grants. Our investment criteria for funding are projects in the renewable & alternative energy sector, public and private health care services, ICT & device technology, mining and government contracts, construction and real estate development,e-commerce and specialized education, deference and information technology. We also provide funding for NGO's as grants for their intended projects at its

We also give a 1% commission to brokers, who brings project owners for finance or other opportunities.For further details please contact directly with your business plans or project summary.

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Mulliun

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