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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: "Mr Maxwell Browny" < >
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 03:51:37 -0700
Subject: Investment Offer

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Mr. Maxwell Brown, I work with Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation Nigeria,(NNPC) In my capacity as a director of procurement
i was able to save some amount of money through over invoicing done
on the purchases made.

Accept this letter in my personal capacity soliciting your consent and
cooperation to initiate and move these funds out of Nigeria, as to
syndicate investment of the Fund in your country in anticipation that
you would be able to manage same profitably.

let me have your consent should you be interested therein so that i
can give you more detail.

Yours truly

Mr Maxwell Browny

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