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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: "Mendoza Sanchez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:07:43 -0800
Subject: Inquiry for financing 244

Good day,

I am a Staff of a Venture Capital Firm specializing in Growth Capital Investments.

We are looking for clients in your country with good business or project that requires financing to execute.

Please get back to me if you are interested in this or you know anybody who has good business ideas but lack the necessary capital to fund his projects so we can establish working relationship.


Mendoza Sanchez, MBA, CFA
Genereal Financial Consultant

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