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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: "!" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2023 12:08:40 +0100
Subject: THANK YOU

Compliment of the Season,
I hope you are doing well today?
I am Mr. Monyemarapye T. Cillinton, I represent high profile investors/lenders who want to invest in your country as a means of expanding business interests overseas, the investors are ready to fund
your company or any of your current projects on direct loan financing with easy repayment terms at a low interest rate of 2% ROI per annul. The terms are very flexible and interesting.
The establishment of this funding shall be applicable to the international laws, If you are interested and have good investments or project plan that needs funding, kindly revert back to me for possible
business cooperation: Email:
Mr. Monyemarapye T. Cillinton
Investment Consultant


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