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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. Richard Olsen" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2021 07:52:09 -0700
Subject: Greetings to you

Dear Sir,

I have a reserved client who intends to reassign his portfolio(Funds).
He is interested in a high yielding business with a minimum risk. His
expected ROI(return on investment) is between 3-6% for a duration of
10 renewable years. He is also offering 3% annual remuneration to any
interested fund manager.

If you think you can handle this, Please contact me for more detailed

Mr. Richard Olsen
Investment Manager

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