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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: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 03:06:11 -0700
Subject: Please Be My Properties Investment / Funds Manager In Your Country

Re: Please Be My Properties Investment / Funds Manager In Your Country

I am Rev.Henry Emeka, I represent a high profile personality who is
interested to invest on high yields without officially being linked to
the investment. My client will like to partner and invest either in
your business, real estate or any other investment portfolio with high
yield potentials. We are also seeking for foreign partnership in Joint
Ventures in the field of spa & fitness, hotels and tourism or any
field you may consider lucrative. Interestingly, I got your contact
through diligent searches conducted on web as well as authenticating
your company profile through your country's commercial outlet.
Further more, I will only be in position to unmask the name of my
client and source of the investment fund after receiving your
indication of interest.

Best Regards,
Rev.Henry Emeka

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