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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: victorrapheal<>
Date: 21 May 2021 18:30:05 +0200

Greetings Dear,


I represent a Private Investor who wish to invest in your country in any VIABLE Business/Project but her problem is how to transfer the fund to your country because she does not want her government to know that she is investing outside her country. She is also looking for a good investment Manager who will manage the business for a period of ten years hence she wish to remain a silent Investor within this period. She made the money during the time of her father as the country President and she deposited the fund cash in a vault  in  Kenya/South Africa.

Because of the Investor's father's top political affiliation with his government coupled with the fact that she does not want her government to know that she is investing outside her country, a direct fund transfer to your account from her country will not be possible and bank to bank transfer will also expose the Investor's status which is the more reason she chose to be a silent Investor.

Your assistance is needed to transfer this fund out the country to your investment account. For this role alone you will be entitled to 5% of the total fund once transferred to your account. Also you will be entitle to 30% of the AROI as the Investment Manager for a period of 10 years. The amount involved is US$550 million.

NOTE: You will  be required  to meet the Investor in Kenya or South Africa to sign the Confidential Working Agreement/CWA in person. After the signing of the CWA, your name as a foreigner will be used to deposit the fund in the bank for further transfer to your home account in tranches for immediate investment on agreed VIABLE  projects/business.


If you are ready to proceed, I will send to you the Investor's draft CWA for your review. Upon your confirmation of the terms of the CWA I will then send to you my Finder's Fee Agreement (FFA) which you will sign and return back to me before I will introduce you to the Investor to deal directly with her and arrange a meeting. My Finder's Fee (commission) is 40% of your 5% earning will be paid to me ONLY after you must have received the investment fund in your account.

If on the contrary you don't have the capacity for this transaction, you may introduce any of your trusted business partner and you are sure of huge benefit on this transaction.

I am expecting your respond.

Mr.victor rapheal
Business consultant

Please reply back to me on my private email address/

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