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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: "Mishal Kanoo" <>
Date: 01 Jan 2019 12:19:21 -0800

Dear All,

RE: Beneficial business connection:

We are an established entity here in the Middle East with series of closed deals and strong partnerships achieved by years of continuous diligence, trust and uninterrupted attention to our clients.

We are currently expanding our investment portfolio outside the gulf region having engaged in a wide spectrum of economic activities. We are currently interested in discussing projects/transactions in need of debt finance [loan] only.

Below are brief on the Investment Portfolio:

Minimum/Maximum Funding size: $1 Million to $100 Million USD

Term: 2-10 years – Repayment/ Renewable tenure.

We have a broad view on investment banking from expertise of our team. We identify entrepreneurial skills, strong partnership, leadership experience and possible investments all in the vain to increase our overall portfolio. Based on the above information, we shall be glad to receive your Project

Plan/Executive Summary in a compatible format (PDF -recommended) for our review. Reply if interested and have viable business proposal to present.

Allah Bless,

Mr. Mishal Kanoo

Chief Financial Officer.

Gulf Capital Limited
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Al Fattan Currency House
Office 2802, Level 28, Tower 2
Dubai International Financial Centre
P.O. Box 506965
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Regulated by the DFSA




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