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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: "PRINECSS JOY" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 17:27:37 +0530
Subject: Assistant for investment/business

Dear Sir,
I write to introduce myself to
you and also
solicit your
assistant for investment/business
transaction. I am( ms.p Joy Lulu)
the president of
Bill investment Inc Nigeria a brokerage company.
per my brief trip last year for some investment
purposes , I was able to visit your
country also. During my trip I made a
lot of
business contacts within and outside your country.
My purpose
of writing you is to seek your assistance
in search of some investment
in your country for me.
As regards to this, I wish to inform
you presently how
much eager we are to invest some huge amount
money in within and outside your country.
However, we do not know
much about investments in your country
hence I hereby correspond with
you through your e-mail
address I got from the website.
As regard to
this, presently I am much eager
to invest up to
$1, 350,000,000 (ONE million Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand US
dollars) in real estates mainly apartment
and hotels and construction.
In accordance, would you please
answer back
immediately through my e-mail address and let me know
willingness to assist in this transaction.
ms.p Joy Lulu.

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