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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.Kevin Jerry." <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2022 17:49:13 +0700

Greetings to you dear friend. I am pleased to contact you after my decision
to establish a strong
investment project in your Country. I am Mr. Kevin Jerry, an oil
tycoon from Afghanistan, I need your help in the following. Looking
to purchase a living home with a budget of $1,200,000USD and is needed

as soon as possible in your country. I am also interested to invest
$17 Million USD with you or with your company as soon as you
comply with me, This money was raised from oil transacts and it
belongs to me and my immediate family.

Your advice, In which area can we invest this money in your country?
We need a new home to relocate to and to have a new good life over there
because Afghanistan as a country is gone. If you have any
representative in Afghanistan I can also arrange for a meeting with him
in Kabul for immediate discussion but if not we can have all the
discussion here.

Please come to our rescue and be compensated heavily, Many lives and
properties have gone, you should be our rescuer now if you really want
to help us and you will be blessed. Immediate response is needed from
you please.

Mr. Kevin Jerry.

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