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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:

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 07:50:59 -0700
Subject: Respond for details

Dear Sir, I am interested in establishing and operating a very viable busin=
ess as a means of investment. I did not know well on how this will be done =
in your country, so I will need you to help me in this regard. My preferenc=
e is any good profit yielding business and I would appreciate any viable id=
eas you could come up with. I will also need you to help me look for proper=
ties like house and lands for sale as I am proposing to invest the said amo=
unt under your absolute supervision. The details of the amount involved and=
procedure will be given to you once I receive the confirmation of your wil=
lingness to partner with me in successful completing of the investment proc=
ess. For a brief on my personality; My need for this business proposition a=
nd to acquire these properties is very urgent as I am planning to retire fr=
om my position as the Vice Chairman of Gulf Investment Council in the Europ=
ean Union. As a business inclined man, I want you to come up with your indi=
vidual business/ investment ideas as I will welcome it from the bottom of m=
y heart. I also hope to meet with you in an agreed destination during the c=
ourse of our investment deliberations to fine tune our investment plans. Do=
get back to me on my email: for more details if yo=
u are Interested in working with me on the noble project Please I expect yo=
ur good and prompt reply so that we can proceed swiftly on how the fund can=
be sent to you. Best Regards Tyler Hess=20

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