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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: westafricandevelopmentfundfinancier <>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:47:13 +0100
Subject: To whom it might concern;


Dear Sir/madam

I write to introduce our financial services to you. We are project
funder as well as financial lender. This funds are purely earned from
private and corporate investment portfolios under our direct
jurisdiction. With our group capital fund we can finance your
signatory projects and help you to enhance your business plan. Our
financial instrument can be used for purchase of good from any
manufacturer irrespective of their location. It can also serve as
collateral with any bank in the world to secure loan for your project
or to activate credit line to finance you business plan.

We specialized in Bank Guarantee {BG}, Standby Letter of Credit
{SBLC}, Medium Term Notes {MTN} and Confirmable Bank Draft {CBD}, all
financial instrument is issued from AAA Rated bank such as HSBC Bank,
UBS Zurich, Barclays Bank , Standard Chartered Bank E.T.C.

We offer a non collateral loan irrespective of your location or race
so far you meet our criteria. The financial instrument can be invested
into High Yield Investment Trading Program {HYITP) or Private
Placement Program (PPP). All bank instrument is for lease and sales
from a genuine and reliable source without broker chain / joker broker
story or chauffer driven offer.

Our offer may be of interest to people or companies that need a credit
with a different payment (USANCE). We can pay your suppliers or your
projects immediately, after received your Letter of Credit or bank
guarantee and you will pay in 6 months or 1 year according to your


PLEASE NOTE: Intermediaries / Consultants / Brokers are welcome to
bring their clients and are 100% protected. In complete confidence, we
will do good business.

Email me for procedure and terms.


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