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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: Michael Jenson
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 14:19:39 -0800


We are Faizah Awad Law Firm, handling a wide range of trade and investment matters.

We are presently confronted with a request to invest funds in your country; the funds legitimately belong to my client from Libya.

Against this background we are seeking your indulgence to respond to us indicating if you are capable and willing to partner with us in the investment of USD$143,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Forty Three Million United States Dollars Only), in a covert expedient and confidential manner. You are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality also. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid any problem because of status.

Your swift response will be appreciated
Reply to my private email
Micheal Jenson. ESQ
Attorney At-Law

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