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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: Martin Jones <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 16:16:32 -0700
Subject: Dear Sir,

Dear Sir,

I am making this contact from the Capital International Group, a leading
Investment and Wealth Management Company here in the Isle of Man, United

I do have the mandate of a PRIVATE client of mine with delicate political
background to seek for individuals with Financial Management know-hows to
handle the investment and management of over US$900M without the mention of
his name.

Ensuing from these funds, we are able to provide cash backed Bank
Guarantees under Leased Finance for advanced stage projects requiring such

If you have fund management abilities, credible projects in need of funding
or advanced stage projects requiring Bank Guarantees, we would be delighted
to work with you.


Martin Jones
Chief Financial Officer
Capital International Group
(Isle of Man)

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