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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: "MKA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 05:53:44 -0800
Subject: -/i.INFO -S6:25 -OTG

Dear Good Friend,
How do you do? With every optimisim that all is well with you.
I refer to the letter I posted to your address but did not hear from you and decided to email once again. I have the intention to invest in your country and as well seek your services in a private and confidential matter.
On my routine inspection I discovered a dormant domiciliary account with the deposit of (Euro 9.6 Million ) by a deceased client of mine - a nationality of your country without any heir. I write to seek your indulgence and assistance in moving this funds to your country through legal means.
NOTE: My plan is to invest my own share of the money in your country.
1. What other lucrative investments would you suggest as I intend to invest on REAL ESTATE AND HOTELS if they are good business venture in your country.
2. Can you make residential documents and purchase a house for me and my family to relocate and settle in your country after my retirement in 3 months time.
Let me know your availability and willingness to assist me so that we can discuss more on your role and profit in this partnership.
I wait for your response and contact telephone number for prompt communication.
Kind regards,
Adresse :4, Rue Achille Ren?-Boisneuf

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