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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: "Kevin Taylor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 09:03:34 -0800
Subject: From Kevin Taylor C.


My name is Kevin Taylor Crabtree, and I’m writing to ask for your assistance.I serve in the US Army but presently I have been put into the military remand for funds mismanagement which was traced back to 6 years ago. As a matter of fact, I was actually involved in a loop of about
$100,000,000 USD which I got a share of $16.7 million USD. I immediately invested the sum of 15.5 million USD with a foreign investment company [Tricorx Capital Investment].

The investment matured since last year February and I have been unable to process the withdrawal due to this lingering issue because I can not have it processed to my account as all my banks are on watch at the moment. I am of the full faith that I will be justified after the trials. It is over a year now since it's, maturity and further delay in processing the funds might result in funds confiscation by the bank which is powered by the authorities and laws of banking in Hong Kong. It is with this reason I have decided to look for a partner who can stand on my behalf to process this funds.

I can provide you with the login information to the bank and you can also contact my finance manager for further clarification.

I hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

Kevin Taylor C.

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