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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Stefanov. N.Gelimachev." <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 05:13:25 -0500
Subject: *Co-operative Investment DEAL^ June 17-22


I represent an entrepreneur investment vehicles who want to invest a
proportion of his funds with a trust party. .

Are you interested in discussing the investment in your sector? You
will be rewarded on percentage share.

I look forward to working with you. Please respond to me at for more details.


Mr.Nasko Gelimachev.

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