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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: Guido Stella Roberto <>
Reply-To: Guido Stella Roberto <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 07:40:22 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: To: on 10/30/2022 3:40:21 p.m.

Dated: 10/30/2022 3:40:21 p.m.

Very Good Evening From Guido Stella Roberto - Italy.

Thank you for finding time to this message, without taking much of your time, I am in need of your service.

I have an interest in investing and moving this capital projects in your location and want to discuss and share with you more information.

This is my second time contacting you, since I have not heard from you given the importance of my previous message as I made it clear, I decided to reconfirm to know if you did receive my previous email message. Considering that things are gradually coming back to normal after the terrible Pandemic which paralyzed the world activities, I decided to reach you once again, hoping that you will return my message at this time.

Are you still operating on this email Id? I am asking based on my previous message which is yet to be communicated back accordingly.

Thank you for your time.

With Sincere Regards,

Kindly get back to me as soon as you receive this message for details.

Guido Stella Roberto

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