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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: Adams
Date: 17 Oct 2018 09:35:08 +0200

I am Mr. Adams C. Joseph, Manager In charge of Fast service
security managment Greece (FSSMG)). The main reason for
contacting you is to propose a business cooperation that will be
of mutual benefit to both of us and requiring absolute trust and
total confidentiality.To get down to brass tacks, I want you to
accommodate a large volume of funds worth (USD $10.5 Million)
which I want to transfer from greece company from an abandon
account to your personal account , It is 100% risk free. If you
are interested in this proposition, kindly respond back to me
through this my email address ( So I can
give you further details and what is required for our trust, We
will also negotiate an appropriate compensation for your efforts.

Yours faithfully
Mr. Adams C. Joseph

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