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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. Adams C. Joseph
Date: 23 Oct 2018 04:37:37 +0200
Subject: Confidential Business Proposal

Confidential Business Proposal!

I am Mr. Adams C. Joseph, Manager In charge of Foreign Remittance
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 (US$70.5 Million) which I want to transfer
from an abandoned account to your personal bank account, It is
100% risk free.

If you are interested in this proposition, kindly respond back to
me through my email.. ( 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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