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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "DR. ALBERT MEYERS & PARTNERS " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:22:45 +0100
Subject: JOINT INVESTMENT OFFER...
FROM DR. ED COTTRELL..
Re: Investment Project Financing
I have decided to contact you through this medium after reviewing your honorable and reputable profile and it is my belief that with your position as a professional in your sector/ Country, that you will be in position to present us with solid investment opportunities in your
Country, sector and other areas of investment.
I was informed by a reputable consultant friend of mine that you and your partners/ clients presently have credible projects and may be interested Private Investment financing for your projects and to be explicit, my partner and I as credible and reputable Investors are
100% ready, willing and able to provide you, your partners and clients assistance with a Private Investment Loan or JV Partnership Project Finance to establish a new project or to improve and expand your existing Company investment capacity and productivity.
If you have a solid business project plan of making good profit in any viable business sector in your Country/ Region, please write me for possible business co-operation. More so, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of generating good annual return
on investment (AROI) on his investment.
I am confident that you will give your consideration, AT THE SAME TIME WE WILL PAY YOU A 2% BROKERâS COMMISSION IF YOU INTRODUCE A CREDIBLE PROJECT OWNER WHO IS INTERESTED AND IN NEED OF CREDIBLE FINANCING FOR HIS OR HER PROJECT.
KINDLY INDICATE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A LOAN OR JOINT VENTURE FINANCING.
I look forward to discussing this opportunity further with you.
DR. ED COTTRELL FROM (DR. ALBERT MEYERS & PARTNERS)....