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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: 11 Oct 2021 08:04:53 -0400
Subject: Re: This is urgent please!


This is urgent please. I got your contact details from a online
website business directory. I am Qadeer and a former governor of
Afghan. I need your help to invest my funds into rice factory
which i already started in California with my partners but due to
high tax we stop the project and i need to relocate and re-
invest. I need a partner who can help and invest my funds into
any good investment plan. Note before you start the investment
you will be having 30% and invest 70% for me which you are to
invest into the rice factory or any good investment plan you
have. I am having $35,000,000.00 Million after my lost in the
California investment.

I need to hear back from you please.

Tel:+1 404 596 653

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