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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 BOATENG <>
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 11:41:53 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

I do apologize for contacting you through this means but due to security
reason involved in this transaction, My reason of contacting you is that I
have my client who is interested to Invest a huge amount of USD funds in
amount (US$181,000,000:00) One hundred and eighty-one million united states
dollars only outside Africa.

If you can partnership with me to move the said funds out to your oversea
offshore account for investment purpose, do kindly indicate your interest
to details you on what next

Thank you
Mr.Larry Boateng

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