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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: "Bte Ali" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 02:42:03 -0700
Subject: Your Swift Response Is Needed.


I have contacted you in request for an investment to be a fund manager to my client. I am an attorney/solicitor, My client wish to invest in public and private sectors in a broad range of areas including real estate, energy, oil and gas, emerging markets, and high-technology.

Within the technology sector, the firm focuses on communications, software, and digital content and services. My client Sofea Aladdin is from Jaramana Syrian Arab Kingdom. She wish to invest between $80 Million to $100 Million USD in any viable business that will yield good profit at the end of every year. This will be a silent and Private Placement Investments.

Endeavor to respond promptly if you are in interested on the investment plans.

I shall explain more to you on how the investment should go. I shall also link you up with my client to discus terms before we proceed.

My regards to your family

Mrs Zarina Bte.

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