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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: "Larry Lee" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2020 18:28:03 +0100
Subject: Greeting Your Urgent Attention Please


My name is Mr.Larry Lee, a Financial consultant and independent investment broker.
I am Soliciting On-Behalf of my private client who is interested in having a serious business investment in your country. If you have a valid business, My client portfolio carries deal size from $USD1 Million to $USD 9Billion ++, earmarked for investment after risk analysis and the tenure of the investment is 5 years and can be renewed. Globally in businesses such as Real Estate, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Shipping and Logistics, Construction, Textiles, Pharmaceuticals, Oil & Energy Industries, Mining & Metals.

Investment or project he can invest get back to me for more details.

Your full name and your mobile number for easy communication


Best regards
Larry Lee

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