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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: "valurg Engilbertsson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2019 16:03:47 -0700


Dear sir,

We are financial consultant representing a financial platform
which is a progressive financial asset management group in Europe and
they are a multi national company base in United Kingdom, Italy, and Russia.
Your company can apply to get investment loans through our financial
platform , with an interest rate as low as 1% per annum for a duration
period of ten years maximum.
If interested in this offer please kindly contact us immediately to enable
us introduce you to the financial platform with your business plan for the
financing of your project.
We look forward to have a good business relationship with you and your
Your prompt response will be appreciated.

Best Regards.;

MR valurg Engilbertsson


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