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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: "Thompson Paterson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:43:56 -0700
Subject: Lets Work In Partnership

Good day

If you need a business loan?

If you need money for a business idea you have but need huge funding?

If you want to expand and start a business?

I am currently seeking to invest in any good, profitable business Ideas. please present only viable business ideas, for you will be talking to my Son who in the due course of our business relationship you will meet in person to finalise negotiations concerning proceedings, If i find your business to be worthy of investment, you will be promptly contacted.

I will reply you with every other details, when I get your response. Have a nice day as I await your reply.

Contact me ONLY on my Private Email:
Warm Regards

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