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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: "Lucas Moore" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:21:19 -0700
Subject: Businesss Proposal.

My name is Lucas Moore. I am a wealth manager / procurement assistant. I g=
ot your contact details in my search for a reliable and neutral company or =
individual to partner with in the area of investment. One of our clients is=
interested in investing in a profitable business in your region with good =
Annual Return on Investment (AROI). Details of the investment will be furni=
shed to you when I receive your response which will also facilitate a face =
to face meeting with the investors. =

Kindly reply directly to our follow up email to proceed: lucasmoore.investm=
Yours Sincerely, =

Lucas Moore

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