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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: Engineer Castanda Hemult <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 12:19:14 +0000
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is my pleasure to contact you discreetly as to discuss a mutually
beneficial business, I will want to have your trust and to go into
partnership investment with you which must be built on confidentiality
between us. I am the Financial Consultant with a China company my
office is in charge of international fund management and international
transfer to international contractors, building and handling of
private contract worldwide.

I am in the position to transfer the sum of US$30M of which I have
written a memo informing the company that this fund belongs to a
Contractor waiting to be paid his contract sum, I want to transfer and
invest this fund into your company as an investment fund from China to
your country. The fund will be shared on the ratio of 60-40%, 60% for
me and 40% for you on the assistance rendered. Please note that this
fund will not be investigated or recalled in the near feature as all
document to move this fund to your account will be legally obtained.
You are to send me your company's name and address with your banking
details where you want the fund to be transferred to.

As soon as you agree to my proposition, I will send you my number to
reach me. I want you to keep this private to yourself. Your details is
strictly for this transaction. Be assured that this is a legitimate
fund and will be transferred legitimately.

Here's my Private company email address, kindly direct your responds to
this box :-

Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.

I look forward to your feedback.

Best Regards,
Helmut Castaneda,
Business Finance Consultant.
Las Vegas,
United States of America

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