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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: "NORMAN BURGI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 01:20:45 -0800
Subject: LET'S DO IT NOW

Dear Friend,

Compliment of the season, I'm Mr. Norman Burgi from United States of America but working as Financial Consultant Services, Bahrain and UK,

I am making this contact from FIN/HANS Consultant Firm and Management Services, an Investment and Wealth Management Establishment here in the Bahrain and United Kingdom.

I do have the mandate of a PRIVATE client with embattled political background to seek for individuals with Financial Management know-how to handle the investment and management of fund between US$5Million to US$100 Million dollars.

If you have fund management abilities, credible projects in need of funding or existing businesses requiring expansion, we would be delighted to work with you.

Kindly get back to me as soon as possible.


Norman Burgi
Phone: +1 859 545 6567
Phone:: +44 704 560 6588

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