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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: "Assets Management Corporation" <xx@yy>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2023 09:56:35 -0700
Subject: Mutual Investment Partnership

Dear Friend

How are you today?

Please pardon the abruptness of this letter, However strange or surprising this letter might seem to you since we have not met before nor had any dealings with you in the past. I must apologize for intruding into your privacy, but I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and the immense benefit it will bring to both of us.

My name is Alistair Dilbert, the Vaults Operations Manager of Queensgate Royal Trust Bank. A Financial and Assets Management Bank here in George Town, Cayman Islands. I am contacting you for a mutual investment
partnership I would be glad to establish with you.

Please get back to me as soon as you receive this message for a detailed explanation.


Mr.Alistair Dilbert
Queensgate Royal Trust Bank.
George Town, Cayman Islands
Private Email:

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