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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: "Teslim Rufai" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 22:44:05 -0800
Subject: Investment Portfolio

Dear Friend,

I was able to extract a profit of 1.2% from the 21.2% which has been retained by me as my personal
profits for managing the Capital Investment funds in my bank here. However, I cannot claim these
funds without presenting someone to stand as an Investor otherwise our establishment will convert the
funds into the company's treasury. Can you stand as an Investor to receive the funds for investment
in your country?

If Interested, Please Reply To My Personal Email:

Best Regards,
Teslim Rufai (Mr),
Director Credit & Financial Marketing,
First Interstate Bank Plc.

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