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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: "Akio Kaihara" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2019 23:31:05 +0100
Subject: Re:Loan and Project Financing®.

Re:Loan and Project Financing®.

Dear Sir/Madam

We offer Project Funding, Investment Funding and Loan Services for Multi-national Companies and Private Project Owners etc. We are willing, ready to fund you’re existing or New Projects.

We offer the most flexible low interest rate 2% annually & 3 Years Grace Period for serious Investors and Borrowers.
For further Inquiry and Information about our Loan Funding Services email us for more Information:(E)
Yours Faithfully
Akio Kaihara
Project Financing Executive
Asia, North America, Europe Representative

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