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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. Owen Brant" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 03:48:49 -0800
Subject: Re: Business Request.


I represent a client who is interested in investing up to sixty five
million dollars (US$65,000,000.00) abroad in Real estate, and the Stock

If you are capable of supervising any investment of this capacity in your
care, kindly send your telephone numbers, full contact address to enable me
to communicate with you and provide further details on your commission for
participation in any proposed investment projects.

Best regards,

Mr. Owen Brant.
Hybrid investment Consultants
Wilton House, Old Woking Road,
Woking, Surrey GU22 8PB, UK.

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