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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: "FINANCIAL CONSULTANT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2020 08:32:01 -0700
Subject: Re: Investment partnership.

A very Good day to you Sir,

We are contacting you concerning funding of your Business Project. My names are Sr. Fernández Romero Lopez, the Independent Financial Consultant., We are Interested to Partnership with your Company as we are seeking to Diversify our Financial Portfolio into Viable and Lucrative Business projects, an Individuals who has funds Management Abilities that can manage profitable Investment Partnership Business Ventures.

We are most interested in Partnerships Business Ventures such as Medical and Health care projects, Real estate projects, mining Projects, Agricultural Projects Renewable Energy Projects, Start-up Projects and Business expansions / Loan with lower rate.

Note, In-case If you have any clients in need of Loans to support his own existing Project, we can be able to work with such Individuals.

Your swift response is highly needed.


Sr. Fernández Romero Lopez,
Independent Financial Consultant.
Phone: +34-642 860 451
Company Registration Number: ES B12345678

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