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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: "Briggs Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 May 2021 14:11:11 +0100
Subject: Hope to hear from you soon.

Please contact me for details to partner with you in an investment
funds. The funds originally belongs to a client who needs to move the
funds and invest the funds in a good line of business.
You are to manage the funds on an agreed percentage. The Funds are
currently deposited in Finance & Security Company in Malaysia
with its head quarters in Turkey.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Briggs Morgan

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