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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: "CAPITAL GROUP GMBH" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2019 03:35:37 -0800
Subject: Investieren Sie in Ihr Projekt und bezahlen 3% pro Jahr

Dear Sir / madam
I am a professional banker and I am in contact with private investors who would like to invest in your country. Currently I have investors who want to invest from 10 to 70 Million euro and they are very serious. If you have very interesting projects in which my investor can invest the funds and obtain an annual yield of 3% to 9% per year , my investors will be very happy to work with you and you will obtain a commission of 30% of the funds that you will invest in your project.
Please contact us if you have any projects in which we can invest the funds together and we discuss the terms of a common partnership. I inform you that the partnership contract is available and as soon as you will send an answer to us, we will send the partnership contract to you. Thank you to answer us only by this address e-mail:

Best regards
Bank Officer

Sehr geehrter Herr / Frau
Ich bin ein professioneller Banker und stehe in Kontakt mit Privatanlegern, die in Ihrem Land investieren möchten. Derzeit habe ich Investoren, die zwischen 10 und 70 Millionen Euro investieren möchten und die es sehr ernst meinen. Wenn Sie sehr interessante Projekte haben, in die wir die Mittel investieren und eine jährliche Rendite von 3% bis 9% pro Jahr erzielen können, werden meine Investoren sehr gerne mit Ihnen zusammenarbeiten und Sie erhalten eine Provision von 30% der Mittel, die Sie erhalten Sie werden in Ihr Projekt investieren.
Bitte kontaktieren Sie uns, wenn Sie Projekte haben, in die wir die Mittel gemeinsam investieren können, und wir besprechen die Bedingungen einer gemeinsamen Partnerschaft. Ich informiere Sie darüber, dass der Partnervertrag verfügbar ist und sobald Sie uns eine Antwort senden, werden wir Ihnen den Partnervertrag zusenden. Vielen Dank, dass Sie uns nur über diese E-Mail-Adresse antworten:

Freundliche Grüße
Jean Pierre
Bank Officer

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