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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: "CAPITAL FUNDING PJSC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:18:55 +0200

Assalam-o-Aleikum: ,
We invite all interested project owners and investors to our project financing programme.
Capital Funding PJSC has established and maintained its position as a leading independent regional full-service
investment company, specialising in Asset Management, Investment Banking, Brokerage, Private Finance. Over the last
thirty years, the Firm has played a prominent role in shaping the financial services landscape in the GCC and
continues to be at the forefront of integrating the region into global financial markets.
We wish to re-invest through project funding in investment loan to third party investors, project owners on a 3%
interest rate per annum on long term investment projects that can generate up to 10% ROI within the period.
Kindly confirm your interest for further proceedings to commence -
You are to contact with the following address:
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed
Capital Funding PJSC
P.O. Box 306
15th Floor
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, UAE

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