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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: "William Cantrell" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 05:35:53 -0700

Dear Friend, My name is William Cantrell. Am a Retired Air force from Unit=
ed states, i have a plan on investing on property business or any profiting=
business at your location , My budget is $6,000,000.00 USD to start with f=
or this project if that will yield good income in due time . i need a trust=
worthy & reliable person with a solid back ground to help me invest with t=
his money . i will place the project with this trusted partner for manageme=
nt and will compensate him/her greatly for this help. Please get back to me=
for more details if you are interested in this business proposal You can a=
dd me on whatsapp, text or call @ +16317436258

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