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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: "Abdul Aziiz" <>
Date: 30 Nov 2021 23:42:06 -0800
Subject: Business Offer

Hello Dear Sir/Mrs,

I would like to know if you would be interested to discuss
business cooperation with me. This is something that I would like
to discuss personally with you.

>From what I understand, I am not sure if you would be interested
in business cooperation outside of your professional field.

Please respond if you would be interested in the business so that
I can send you more details.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Check attachment for more information

Kind Regards,

your sincerely,
Abdul Azizz

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