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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 Terry James <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 03:30:41 -0500

From: Mr Terry James.
Greetings To You !!!!!

My name is Mr Terry James; I was consulted by my client who is
currently seeking
means of expanding and relocating his business interest abroad in the
sectors: oil/Gas, banking, real estate, stock speculation and
ining,transportation,health sector and tobacco, Communication Services,
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, and thus any other sectors. If you
have a solid
background and idea of making good profit in any of the mentioned business
sectors or any other business in your country, please write me for possible
business co-operation.

More so, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of
generating 10% annual return on investment (AROI), Joint Venture
partnership and
Hard loan funding can also be considered.

Anticipating for your positive response for more details.


Best Regards,
Mr Terry James.

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