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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: "Abdullah Ramann" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:53:08 -0700
Subject: Greetings.


I am a broker linked with high profile investors from the Gulf who are interested and willing to fund you in any current project
you are undergoing as they are privately seeking means of expanding their investment portfolio internationally.

To this end we seek to know the possibility of going into partnership discussion with your company within your present
scope of business.

Should you be interested in engaging us for a more detailed discussion on the proposal we would be happy to do so in whatever
medium you find much more appropriate for this engagement. I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

Rahman Omran. Abdullah

Private Broker LLC

P O Box 43007 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

Phone: 97144238002 Fax: 97144256003

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