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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: "Mr. Malik Richard" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 05:39:44 -0700
Subject: Hello. My Friend. (REPLY)

Hello Dear:

Mr.Pedro Douglas approved the sum of US50,000,000 Million Dollars for a Real Estate Management investment under my portfolio as his Financial Consultant for years before his death.

There was no will to these funds, hence the money has to be invested
for real estate in any part of the world and the return of investment {ROI} will be shared among his family and the investor. If you will be interested i can present you to his Representative as the investor to receive the amount for the real estate investment, but we must both agree on my percentage. If this is acceptable to you, please get back to me for discussion and directives.

If you are interested, then respond ONLY via my private email. Please clearly indicate the following. Considering the volume of discretion required for success of this project, I ask your reply to my private email:

Thanks for your anticipated cooperation:
Mr. Malik Richard.
Financial Consultant
Mobile Number: +44 7466 076702 WhatsApp Compliant.

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