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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: "ROLLAND WEST" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:42:08 -0800

How are you today? Hope fine?
This proposal may come to you as a surprise considering the fact that we have not met in person. However, I want you to see it as an honest and sincere business proposal.
We are seeking for your assistance by means of expanding and relocating my client's business interest in Joint Venture partnership with you We don't have a particular investment project in mind; hence you can as well help us invest the fund in your area of your specialization or any of the following sectors: oil and Gas, banking, real estate, stock speculation, mining, transportation, health sector, tobacco, Communication Services, Constructions, Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, and other areas of investments.
If you think you have a solid background and knowledge of making good profit in any of the mentioned business sectors or other businesses in your country, please write me for possible business co-operation.
I have been mandated by my associate to solicit for the assistance of a reliable and honest foreign partner that will act as the investment manager in the investment of his funds in profitable and lucrative projects. My associate has funds available for investments in lucrative and profitable business ventures. I solicit for your assistance in this Joint Venture partnership.
If you are interested in this lucrative joint venture partnership, please let me know so that I will give you more details about this pending transaction.
I look forward to hearing from you soonest.
Best Regards,
Rolland West

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