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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: "Ms. Meier Heidi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:49:52 -0700
Subject: Account details

Greetings ,

I appreciate your interest on this, I'm the investment broker to Mr. Von Johannes 79yrs a successful politician, He's married to Liu Chuo Johannes.She is a Chinese, They been married for 48yrs with a daughter whom they lost last year February 14 being Valentines Day in a car accident with her boyfriend.

The wife is been sick and Mr. Von is not getting younger as an old man. it takes much to look after all his investments and his home. Mr. Von is seeking for a business investment which would be of an opportunity to you and your family because he can't take care of all his businesses all over, for that reason the wife ask him to build a business relationship with someone that he can be trusted. someone who understood the condition of what we are passing through being childless. I have been Mr. Von Johannes personal investment broker for 15yrs now, So he told me he is willing to invest $1 Million to $50 Million US dollar with any trusted partner for a long term investment. I still believe there are still good people on earth.

I appreciate if you give this opportunity a good thought for there is no harm in trying. It's all about creating better opportunities and making good money for business growth and development. If you are fully interested send summary of your business plan for evaluation and also your direct mobile telephone numbers for an initial confidential communication..

Reply to:

Best Regards
Dr. Meier Heidi ,
Investment Broker
Taikang Finance and Loan Limited
Visit our website at http://www.taikangfcom

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