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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: "Garry leigh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2020 23:21:02 +0100
Subject: Garry Leigh


We are an Investment Funding Broker/Advisory Company based in Netherlands, scouting for viable projects and business investments to be funded by Capital Investors in Kuwait /Qatar / Oman/ Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate UAE for Joint Venture Project & Investment funding / Project Loan Program.

The Portfolio and Loan/Equities Facilitators Netherlands is offering a Joint Venture (JV) Project & Investment Funding Program to diversify their investments with partners seeking project funding as non-recourse for a qualified project(s) for one tranche or multiple draw downs with a large contract and multiple or series of tranches.

The Portfolio and Loan/Equities Facilitators Netherlands can approve a project funding from USD $1Million to USD $250 Million or even more depending on the nature and viability of the Business,Construction/ Civil Works, Investment or Project. We are currently interested in funding viable Businesses, Investments or
Projects in the following areas of interest:

* Starting up a Franchise

* Business Acquisition

* Business Expansion

* Capital / Infrastructural Project

* Commercial Real Estate purchase

* Contract Execution

* Trade Financing

We are open to having a good business relationship with you. If you have a valid business, investment or project to fund in India, please provide us with the business plan, executive summary, financial information etc for assessment and review.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for possible business co-operation If you are interested.{}

Best Regards,
Garry Leigh
Business Consultant.

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