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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: "Manishi Srivastava" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:53:34 -0700

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Dear Sir/Madam,
Hope you and your blessed family are living fine? I am a legal practitioner base in South Wales, my client is a prominent politician from Ukraine; we are in search of foreign investor that will professionally handle his investment outside Ukraine. The political crisis in Ukraine has affected businesses of various types having investors divert their business outside the nation. I will legalize the memorandum of understanding for this investment under the British Investment Law. My client was able to raise the sum of £10 Million Pounds Sterling, it is agreed that you will invest the funds into profitable business opportunities in your area to secure reasonably monthly income and 20% of the total amount is your reward as we expect to handle this transaction accordingly.
I await your reply with your complete details to my e-mail as stated bellow for the preparation of investment partnership MOU.
Srivastava Manishi Esq
Urban Village, High Street
Swansea SA1 1NW
South Wales

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