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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: "09/08/2018" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 16:59:01 -0700
Subject: Compliments!

                                                         LETTER OF INVESTMENT/BUSINESS PROPASL
8 September.2018
Good day. Sir/Madam,
My name is Mr.Michal Jordaan, Former first national bank” FNB “CEO south Africa also an investor here in Cape Town South Africa.  Based on the  sensitivity  position i command in my Organization and the unstable financial and economic situation of my country, i choose to invest  majority of my funds into more stable environments and developed nations where i can earn substantial dividends on my financial investment and as well the safety  of my funds.
Therefore I hereby seek for credible firms or individuals with much experience and capability to receive and invest my funds into a stable and lucrative market/investment.
Please do not hesitate to respond to this proposal if accepted so we can stretch out all the requirements and modalities involved.
Once again I will appreciate your vulnerable interest and assistance.
Mr Micheal jordaan.

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