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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: "Larry Boateng" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:08:02 -0700
Subject: Partnership Investment info

Dear Friend,
I do apologize for contacting you through this means but due to security reasons involved in this transaction, My reason for contacting you is that I have my  client who is interested in investing huge funds in amounts (US$500,000,000:00) five hundred  million United states dollars) only outside Africa.
If you can partnership with my client to evacuate the said funds out to your oversea company bank account for investment purpose, do kindly indicate your interest by sending your direct telephone number to details you on what next
Thank you
Mr.Larry Boateng

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