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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: "James Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 04:56:34 -0700
Subject: Thank you and may Allah bless you! 112

Dear Friend,

I apologize if my message do not suit your current status,I am Mr. James Williams from United Kingdom,How are you ?I contacted you because I have plans of investing in the following sectors: oil/Gas,banking,real estate, stock speculation and mining, transportation, health sector and tobacco,Communication Services,Agriculture Forestry & Fishing, thus any sector.

If you think 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 back to me for possible business co-operation. Moreover, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of generating above huge Annual Return On Investment (AROI) Joint Venture (JV) Partnership and Hard Loan Funding (HLF) can also be considered.

Thanks and looking forward on your favorable response and to be a good and trustworthy person who we can do a good business with without having scamming and cheating mind with us because every information you provide most be verify before doing any business with you.

get back to me.

Best Regards
James Williams

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