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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: "Mr.Treasure Neville Charle" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2020 13:36:44 -0700


I represent the interest of a Client who is willing to Invest in your Country, due to the sensitivity of the position they hold in their organisation/country he has decided to Liquidate his assets and hand you a Power of Authority to take over the assets, He prefer to move majority of their funds into more stable economy and developing countries where it can be invested to yield profit and more so its security will be guaranteed.

Their interests are in the follogghgwing sectors: Real Estate, Stock, Resort/Hospitality, Mining, Transportation, Health, Farming, Oil and Gas, Energy Projects or any sector you may recommend.

Furnish me with full comprehensive draft of the area or idea of investment plans you have if you are interested to give you further details to my e-mail address:

Best Regards,
Treasure Neville.

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