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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:

Date: 05 Aug 2021 12:58:04 -0700

How are you doing ? My name is Edward B.Fitcher. I'm from USA and presently I am on a Millitary deployment in Yemen.
I contacted you because I'm seeking a means of investing in your Country in the following sectors:
1. Real Estate Development
2. Housing industry projects
3. Energy Storage Projects
4. construction/ Building of International Standard Hotels projects
5. Sustainable Agriculture Project,Sustainable Farming Project,Sustainable Fisheries and Fishing Projects and any other investment sector .
I am looking forward for your kind advice in this regard and I am willing to partner with you to enable me achieve my goals.
Thank you and God bless you!
Kindly contact me through my private email address:
Best regard,

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