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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: "Nasir Daku." <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 13:17:44 +0800
Subject: Request for Investment

Dear Friend.

How are you today and i hope you are doing very fine?

Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a
hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious.This letter must come to you
as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and
become great friends and business partners. Please I want you to read this
letter very carefully and I must apologize for barging this message into
your mail box without any formal introduction due to the urgency and
confidentiality of this business and I know that this message will come to
you as a surprise. Please this is not a joke and I will not like you to
joke with it OK, with due respect to your person and much sincerity of
purpose, I make this contact with you as I believe that you can be of great
assistance to me

My name is Mr. Nasir Daku. from South Sudan but currently in the
republic of South Africa due to persistent conflict going on in our
country.I got your contact from the South Africa Easy Info Directory, and I
am contacting you for your kind assistance for investment in your country.

I really wish to invest towards real estate properties, Hotel or
construction company ,as the case may be, but if there is any other
investment you think that would be profitable for me, please let me know.

I shall be waiting to hear from you through the email address ( ) for more orientation, possibly with your
direct telephone number .

Your early response will be appreciated.

Kind Regards

Mr.Nasir Daku.

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