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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:

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 09:43:15 -0800
Subject: Please Respond Very Urgent

Hello Dear Friend, How have you been i have been trying to email you
for a very long time, but you haven't been responding, I have
investment funds worth million of dollars and i need a trusted
investment Manager/Partner because of my current status If you are
willing to handle this project on my behalf kindly send your
information to this
Your Full Name:
Your Country:
Your Personal Mobile Number:
Your Age:
Your Sex:

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