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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: "James Franklin" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 07:56:44 -0700
Subject: Dear Sir / Madam,

Dear Sir / Madam,

Greetings to you, I hope this mail will meet you well.

I sincerely apologize for intruding into your privacy as we have not met before. But I hope you understand my desperate condition towards this matter due to the civil unrest we are having in almost every part of my country, presently which I will make known to you once you respond back to this message in affirmative.

I am desperately in need of a good contact person and I have to search through the International business directory. Though we have not met before.

My name is James Franklin. I am seeking means of expanding and relocating my business interests out of my country in the following sectors: agriculture, banking, real estate, stock speculation and mining, transportation, health sector and tobacco; thus, any lucrative sector through your partnership. As such, I would like you to give me guidelines of any lucrative business we can invest funds in and you shall be entitled to supervise the investment in your country.

If you think you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any of the mentioned business sectors or any other business in your country, please write me through same email address for possible business co-operation.

More so, I have put all modalities in place in exporting cash for such investment based on mutual agreement and legal arrangements to avoid any breach of business / financial law.

NOTE//// Please, this is not a HOAX or SPAM mail. If found in your Spam Box, kindly retrieve it into your INBOX.

Best regards,

James Franklin.

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