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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: "Al-Fadhli Mohsan Abdul" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:49:40 +0100
Subject: Attention: Sir / Madam

Attention: Sir / Madam
We offer Loan and Project Funding services. We also finance Projects through Joint Venture Services (JVC) using as non-recourse Loan . Our Interest rate is 2% annually & 3 Years Grace Period and Loan re-payment duration of ten (10) Years. Brokers and Intermediaries are welcome to work with our Company as we offer Great commission to our Brokers. For further Inquiry and Information about our Services contact us by
Thanks and Best regards
Al-Fadhli Mohsan Abdul
Financing Executive

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