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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: "William Waddle" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:33:37 -0400


I am a retired Credit & Investment Director, and an independent Investment Consultant to Investors Group. Over the years our Investors Group have built client portfolios across a broad range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, alternatives and multi-asset class solutions, to customize client solutions that meet their unique investment objectives.

We invest in fast-growing, market leading companies and will be funding on platforms of Equity Partnership, Outright Debt and Direct Loans. This typical equity investment opportunity ranges between EUR 20 million and EUR 600 million. And we focus on seed capital, early-stage, start-up ventures, existing LLC and total completion and expansion of investment projects with immediate funding.

Industry Sector Preferences:

· Alternative energy
· Financial Services
· Healthcare
· Information Technology
· Infrastructure
· Leisure
· Media
· Retail
· Telecommunications
· Consumer products
· Oil & Gas
· Real estate
· Logistics

We also provide Bank Instrument such as Fresh Cut BG, SBLC and MTN which are specifically for lease for (7+2%) and sale (40+2) from top rated AA Banks, our bank instrument can engage in PPP Trading, Discounting and signature project(s).

Send response to the below email:



William Waddle

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