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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: "WILLIAM NKUNENE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2019 08:20:06 +0200

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have a serious client, who is looking to invest in big projects with, profitable opportunity,Kindly reply if you will like more information.
Please do Contact my personal in your reply.

Meanwhile We have between fifty Million to Eight Hundred Million united Dollars to invest with you and %20 will belong to you and you will manage the rest for us
However You will choose from Fifty Million Dollars to Eight Hundred Million Dolars according to how munch you need in your project and also your capability of
of handling the funds and the investment.

Warm Regards


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