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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 J MAREE <>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 22:45:44 +0200
Subject: REF

Dear Sir.

* [Investment inquiry
on behalf of Dr. Jonas Savimbi's Family of Angola)*

In view of the urgent and private nature of our intentions to go into a
joint investment program with your establishment, we wish and request that
you forward to us the direct contact to the CEO of your Establishment.

I am soliciting your humble attention to this matter as we would like to
discuss the terms and conditions of his investment policies before we can
commence with the perfection of documentation that will assume this
venture, the beneficiary of the investment funds.

My clients (Dr. Jonas Savinbi's family) has at their disposal the sum of
{Fifty million united states dollars} that they wish for your venture`s
cooperation in securing and investing these funds into the financial system
of your state without any complication, We have confidence in your
investment opportunities to withstand the value of those funds for the
required period of time we agreed on.

I will also like you to treat this humble request with integrity and
confidentiality as the political system in my nation demands that we secure
and invest without delay.

Please be fast to forward his email addresses, mobile phone number, and
direct fax line so that we can communicate with him without further delay,
and please direct him to forward his response to my email ID.

We also expect you to inform and alert him of our mail.
Get back to me at your earliest
(On behalf of Dr. Jonas Savimbi)


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