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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. Scott Neilsen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:33:50 +0200
Subject: Business and Investment Letter


We are in search of a reliable and reputable person or company for business
and investment.

What are the profitable and lucrative businesses in your region, and how
can foreign investors come in and how can this benefit both parties? All
these and other things are what shall be discussed. Once you have a good
answer to this questions, then we may have something to do together.

kindly reply to us at ( for funding details and
round table meeting with the Investors and for immediate provision of funds
for investment.

Please, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask as I await for
your kind response.

Best regards

Scott Neilsen

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