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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: Roberts Kelvin <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 08:09:05 +0000
Subject: HI

Dear Sir/Madam,

My managers have now received the foreign exchange quotas and approvals.
trading platform
, corporate, including equity and sub-accounts
accounts and even private accounts.

Do you have a viable business plan that needs funding? Depending
your business plan/project managers
to provide the capital to the ideal partner who is ready to work with each other
benefit will be provided and the capital will be delivered to you
without recourse.
Finance platform.

It will be my duty to guide you to start a successful small company.
or major equity investment or private equity development.

Contact me for more details
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Robert Kelvin

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