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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. Dani Malikii" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 01:19:56 -0700
Subject: Reply Me, For Better Discussion.


I represent a wealthy retired government official, that wish to move cash fund abroad urgently and needs a reliable person who can claim the fund, then invest it in a good way, in foreign investment.

He is also currently seeking for means of expanding and relocating his business interest abroad, in the following sectors: oil/Gas, real estate, construction, stock, mining, transportation, health sector, tobacco, Communication Services, Agriculture or any other viable sector.

If you think you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any of the mentioned business sectors or any other business in your country, please let me have a brief description of your nature of business/professional experiences alongside your registered business name/phone number and physical address, in a returned email so we can discuss further, then MOU agreement will be send to you to sign, for investment.

I will be expecting your positive response.

Mr. Dani Maliki

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