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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: Alex Stacy <>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2021 16:25:26 +0100

Dear Sir,

It’s my pleasure to connect with you, In the event that you have
projects that need funds to start or complete till the end.
I have a consortium of Private Investors seeking to invest in viable
projects by giving loans at a guaranteed 2% annual interest without
preference to any particular geographical location.
If this forms your interest or you know anyone who has legitimate need
for funds, kindly contact me for further details through: .

Mr. Alex Stacy.
Financial Consultant.

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