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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: Mira Consultancy <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:05:11 -0700
Subject: Investment Proposal.

Mira Consultancy
10th Floor, Al Sehab Executive Towers,
Seef District, Kingdom of Bahrain
                     Investment Proposal.
It is my pleasure for us to be connected through  this medium. I came across your profile and I would like to have more information about your business/company. I am the Consultant Officer of a reputable Investment Company that specializes in raising capital for public or privately owned companies through acquisition, private placement or reverse merger.
Currently we are sourcing for investment opportunities for our review and consideration and we provide financial and strategic advisory services to growing companies and entrepreneurs both private and institutional investors and I would be delighted to discuss further.
Well nice to meet you and I look forward to our further communication once I receive your response with your details (company profile/project)
Hazem Bin-Syed

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