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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. Richard Brown" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 05:13:23 +0100

Dear Sir

I represent a group of company based in Jordan.We are currently seeking
means of expanding and relocating our business interest abroad in the
following sectors: oil/Gas,banking, real estate, stock speculation and
mining,transportation, health sector and tobacco,Communication Services,
Agriculture Forestry & Fishing, thus any sector. If you think 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 JV will not match your project, we are open to inject the above fund
into your project via direct loan with soft repayment terms, one (1) year
moratorium and 5.5% fixed interest rate per annul. 80% income-generating
projects are accepted. On property 70% LTV is obtainable. Secured or
unsecured loan funding is available. Term is up to 25 years with possible
roles and extensions on closing time line of 7-14 days. Should this be of
interest to you, do not hesitate to Contact me back and we will get back
to you for further information. We take this opportunity to thank you for
taking the time to read the contents of this email. And Have a wonderful

let me hear from you??

Kind regards,
Mr. Richard Brown

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