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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: "FWS BHC" <>
Date: 03 Sep 2021 14:54:26 +0200
Subject: Re: Can we discuss??

I want to discuss a business with you. I am having your business
complementary card. Can we discuss?
I am a politician and i don't have time to invest. i am willing
to invest $35 Million in area of Investment interest: Oil & Gas,
Agriculture, Aviation, Tourism, Retail, Real Estate &
Construction, IT & Communications, Engineering, Utilities,
Telecoms, Mining, Maritime Sector and Entertainment industries.
I will give you 40% of the total funds while i have 60% but to be
on a safe side and to be sure you will give to me my 60% of the
total funds,we need to sign an agreement document to guarantee my
60% please. can we discuss more? i wait to hear from you.

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