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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: ggggg inbox <>
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2019 15:34:39 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend

I am Dr. Youssef Bakary, I Have a Business Proposal of $5.3 million For You.
I am aware of the unsafe nature of the internet, and was compelled to use this medium due to the nature of this project. I have access to very vital information that can be used to transfer this huge amount of money, which may culminate into the investment of the said
funds into your company or any lucrative venture in your country.
If you will like to assist me as a partner then indicate your interest, after which we shall both discuss the modalities and the sharing percentage.Upon receipt of your reply on your expression of Interest
I will give you full details, on how the business will be executed I am open for negotiation.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Note you might receive this message in your inbox or spam or junk folder, depends on your web host or server network.

Best Regards
Dr. Youssef Bakary,

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