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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: "Charles Alain" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:36:24 +0300

Dear Sir,
Good day.
I am Charles Alain, a wealth manager with Cadiz Asset Management based in South
Africa.One of the clients in my portfolio is interested in investing in your country and he has asked me to
help him seek private business owners and investors who may be interested in this proposition.The investment
portfolio is to the tune of $73.8 Million USD (Seventy Three Million,Eight Hundred Thousand USDollars).
I am contacting you to find out if you would be interested in this proposal. Due to  my clients political position in his country,
he wants this done as discreetly as possible. We will handle all the logistics for the movement of the funds to you.
Kindly contact me if you think you can handle this and if your company has any existing of pending projects that needs funding.
The easiest way to contact me is via my email address.
I have decided to keep this very short for now and will give you more information and all the relevant details when I receive
a positive response from you.
Best regards,
Charles Alain.

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