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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. Williams Dawson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:29:12 +0900
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Sir/Madam

This is a personalized message directed to you, I am Mr. Williams Dawson of Global Royal Investment Co. (GRI), by the Grace of God I am the CEO/Managing partner of the investment organization,

please peruse through our website to see what we do and what we have done in the past with Investors' funds.

We have recently been asked to invest funds outside Saudi Arabia our Investor and have decided to seek partnership

outside Saudi Arabia to cooperate with us in investing the available funds from Saudi Arabia in your country within

your scope reached.

We are brokering an investment venture on behalf of a single client.

The task is to invest the sum of Ninety Five Million United States Dollars, USD$95,000,000 into areas such as

Properties and Stock markets, construction as well as Private Equity Ventures of choice.

We wish to enter into partnership with you and to allow you invest the funds in your country via your directions and

guidelines. There would be remunerations and benefits for you if you choose to partake in this investment venture and

this will be discussed later.

We cannot confirm that your email is still functioning, therefore this proposition will be brief at this time until

we received your favorable response with the following information:

Full name

Contact address

Phone number

Fax number


If you are interested in working with us we can discuss your share further. You may contact us directly on the number

given below, but more conveniently by email which is also given.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you.

Mr. Williams Dawson
Global Royal Investment

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