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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: "From the Desk of: Cordas Boscaino" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:00:01 -0700
Subject: Re: Prospective Project Owner/Loan Seeker

ear Prospective Project Owner/Loan Seeker,
Are you tired of waiting for your bank to lend you for the finance of your project?.
Our Investment/Loans Group are willing to invest in profitable ventures as debt financing/loans only. The investment size should be between US$10M - US$3Billion. If you are interested in this or you know anybody who has good Business Plans but lack the necessary capital to fund the projects, please make contact with us so we can have further discussion.
We finance:
* Business Start-up
* Business Acquisition
* Business Expansion
* Contract Execution, etc
Please reply to my private Email ID here:(
Yours sincerely,
Cordas Boscaino
Johannesburg, South Africa  administrator

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