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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 Funding Group LLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:35:00 -0000

Good Day,
I'm SAMIR AL-ZAHRANI from Emirates Global Gulf Funding Group LLC, a global investment funding company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is my pleasure to reach you with this proposal, we are interested in investment loan funding around the globe.
Below are brief on the investment loan portfolio:
• Minimum and Maximum Funding: USD1 Million to USD10 Billion
• Placement Opens to: Entrepreneurs, Corporations and Investors around the globe
• Funding Type: Soft Loan Investment Funding (SLIF) with no physical collateral requirement if you are outside UAE but loan can be accessed 100% with your Surety Bond (SB) insurance only.
• Funding Rate: 3% Interest Rate Per Annum
• Term: 2-25 years – Repayment/Renewable Tenure
We don’t have any major area of funding but we give priority attention to Real Estate Development, other areas of interests include: Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Health, Aviation, Tourism, Retail, Construction, IT & Communications, Technology,
Education, Energy, Engineering, Utilities, Telecom's, Mining, Maritime and most of other profitable ventures.
Therefore, based on the above information, we would be glad to receive your Project Plan/Executive Summary in a compatible format (PDF or WORD -recommended) for review by our funding management team.

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