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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: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 19:11:06 -0800


I am Justin Bryan, an accountant with a reputable real estate firm with branch offices in 11 countries, I have a very good home equity line of credit (HELOC) proposal for mortgage owners in United States to enable you offset your mortgage with my good position in this company.

In view of this I am seeking for your private and confidential partnership investment.

If you are interested, kindly reply to the below email address for comprehensive details of the transaction. kindly feel very free to ask questions that will clear your doubts, but be rest assured that a trial will convince you.

Yours faithfully,

Justin Bryan.

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