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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Mr. Edward Carlosr" <>
Date: Sat, 09 May 2020 18:48:30 -0700
Subject: Greetings

From: Mr. Edward Carlos

Produzir Para Transformar

Rua 1 Congresso do MPLA, No 7-17

Caixa Postal 1316, Luanda Republica de Angola.


I am financial broker of Isabel Dos Santos, the eldest Daughter of Former Angolan president JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS born April 20 1973, She's a successful business woman but presently persecuted by General Joao Lourenco and he is bent on collecting all she has worked for with the excuse that it all belongs to the Angolan State hence she got four major contracts from the State while her father was the president of Angola.

He has cancelled those contracts and he is investigating her transactions within and outside of Angola, I am contacting you for an assistance to move the sum of (US$1.5Billion) which She deposited with in a Bank abroad, though she has other funds in some other banks in other countries but she urgently need you to step in to take over this and invest it in your country.

But you have to be ready to travel in person to meet with the bank if the need be and I will introduce you to the financial expert who will assist you in handling this transaction without hitches. She is ready to offer you 40% of the fund directly while we will draft an agreement that will empower you to manage the fund for between five to ten years with different incentives, while she remain underground investor.

I look forward to your response as that will guarantee me that you can handle this project. You can read more about her on the internet or view the following links if you care: Isabel_dos_Santos 2018/07/isabel-dos-santos-the- fall-of-africas-richest-woman/ business-report/international/ the-fall-of-africas-richest- woman-isabel-dos-santos- 16335869


Yours faithfully,

Mr. Edward Carlos.

Produzir Para Transformar

Rua 1 Congresso do MPLA, No 7-17

Caixa Postal 1316, Luanda Republica de Angola.

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