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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: "Ivan Glasenberg" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2023 14:03:16 -0700
Subject: Hello. My Friend. Reply.

I know this email will come to you as a surprise, but never mind. I am Sir. Ivan Glasenberg, Manager in Charge of Sovereign Wealth Funds; I propose to arrange a grant of at least USD65 Million to you for business investment.
This grant attracts absolutely no interest, and will stay on the Bank's record for 6 months, after which it will be written off! This is possible because Sovereign Wealth Funds in my charge usually remain dormant (inactive) for years because some government officials in the Middle East who made the initial deposits intended to steal the funds after leaving office. But, they are either kicked out or killed in Office, and the Sovereign Wealth Funds accounts then go into dormant mode. Secondly, it is imperative to let you know that you are in very good position to receive this fund because of your nationality. This is because of the basic requirements and confidentiality agreement our firm has signed with the client in question is that the fund will be used in your region and that's why I need your partnership.
Therefore, It might interest you to know that if you help and corporate with me, I can help you on how to secure all the legal document that can be use to process your name as the real Beneficiary of this very fund USD65 Million, plus, guide to all the necessary procedures regarding how this fund can be transfer into your Bank account in a week or less, with absolutely 100% risk free in the transaction. And when this transaction is fully finalized, you’re going to get 40% for your effort..
If you are interested, then respond ONLY via my private email. Please clearly indicate the following. Considering the volume of discretion required for the success of this project, I ask for your reply to my private email:
Can we partner in Business or can you manage funds?
Therefore I advise you should forward your information to me as to enable us to proceed on the transaction immediately.
{1} Full Name:
{2} Sex:
{3} Company Name:
{4} Position in the Company:
{5} Business Address:
{6} Years of Business Experience:
{7} Mobile Phone:
{8} Date of Birth:
{9} Country of Origin:
(10) copy of your international passport
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Thank you my friend
Yours Sincerely,
Ivan Glasenberg
Manager in Charge of Sovereign Wealth Funds.
Mobile Number: +44 113 859 1383 WhatsApp Compliant.
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