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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Robert Maxwood" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:27:32 -0700
Subject: Partnership Offer

I am Robert Maxwood, a Civil Engineer from Los Angeles, Carlifonia, USA.

I am close to retirement ( 58 years old) and it is time to prepare a solid retirement plan for my self. I have spent all my working life abroad building bridges, roads, and other construction projects... I have also worked in high risk areas like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, etc

Consequently I have made a lot of money now sitting idle in Banks, earning very little interest. I have therefore decided to channel my money into worthwhile investment projects in the WOOD PRODUCTS INDUSTRY with a reasonable return on investment (ROI). If you require it, I will send you PROOF OF FUNDS from one of my Banks...

If your business requires capital for expansion / consolidation, please contact me immediately for a face to face meeting. The meeting will guarantee trust on both sides. Thereafter, we can discuss how much funding you need, and spell out my interest. We may need to form / establish a CORPORATION / TRUST in your Country to carry on the business. The final stage is to sign a legally binding AGREEMENT, and I will immediately release funds to you.

Thank you for your patience.

Robert Maxwood

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