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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: "Emirates Global" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:34:12 -0800
Subject: Achieve your dream.

We are Investment Company from Dubai, and due to the quest for maximizing our shareholders value in our company, we are looking for a viable investment projects outside the gulf region we can finance under our ongoing soft loan corporate finance program at the interest rate (3% percent) per annum without Collateral.
Loan Guarantee: The Borrower/Applicant to obtain a Surety Bond from UAE base Insurance Company is applied, to serve as the Insurance Security Coverage of loan borrowed.
we are mostly interested in the following sectors; Oil/Gas, Banking Sector, Real estate, Stock Speculation, Mining, Transportation, Hotel, Tourism,  Health Sector, Tobacco, Communication Services, Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, Thus any feasible sector.
If you have any viable project that requires funding, kindly revert back to us via
Thank you.

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