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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: "SAL Investment Group " <>
Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2020 17:18:04 +0000
Subject: We are willing to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement with you upon request for
your protection.

Dear Sir/Mam, We offer funding in a form of a DIRECT LOAN at a low interest=
rate at 3% per annum and we are also open to JOINT VENTURE at 30% Return O=
n Investment (R.O.I) for a period of 1 - 50 years with an option for re-inv=
estment if both parties involved are satisfied with the profit accrued from=
the project. Feel free to send your business plan, executive summary and f=
inancial projection for review. We are willing to sign a Non Disclosure Agr=
eement with you upon request for your protection. We look forward to doing =
business with you. Lender: SAL Investment Group Reply to: salinvestltd@citr=

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