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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: "Global Funding" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2020 17:25:34 -0700
Subject: Investment Loan Funding!!!!!


I hope this letter finds you in a convenient condition?

I represent a financial company in Turkey and Gulf Region, we are currently expanding our investment portfolio in production and distribution outside of the gulf region in the following sectors, Oil/Gas, construction, Real Estate, Stock Speculation and Mining, Transportation, Health Sector and Tobacco, Communication Services, Agriculture Forestry & Fishing Etc.

We are also interested in Debt Financing/Loan.

If you're interested, we shall give details upon response..

Best regards,

Mr. Altan Ibrahim
Assistant Secretary General
of the Investment Funding

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