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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. Joseph Dasanah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:42:08 -0700
Subject: Re> Dear Sir/madam

Dear Sir/madam

My name is Mr. Joseph Dasanah
I and my partners are interested in investing some money in your country.

For this purpose, we require an overseas partner who would oversee the
investment on our behalf.
The investment funds is US$66.5 million dollars and we are willing to part with 10% of the investment
funds for your participation.

Please send a reply to ( soon as possible so that we can discuss
modalities that would enhance success.

Thank you.

Mr. Joseph Dasanah

Subject: Investment Fund
reply to:

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