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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: "Nkhosi" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 15:22:44 +0000
Subject: Re: Pleased to meet you.

Good Day,

I would like to apply through this medium for your co-operation and to
secure an opportunity to invest and do joint business with you and my
family in your country.I have a substantial capital I honourably intend to
invest in your country into a very lucrative business venture of which
you are to advise and execute the said venture over there for the
mutual benefits of both of us. Your able co-operation is to become my
business partner in your country and create ideas on how the money
will be invested, properly managed and the type of investment after t
he money is transferred to your care with your assistance.

Meanwhile, on indication of your willingness to handle this transaction
sincerely by protecting our interests and upon your acceptance of this
proposal, I would furnish you with the full detailed information,amount
involved and mutually agree on your percentage interest or share holding
for helping me to secure the release of the deposit. I will be glad to
reserve this respect and opportunity for you, if you so desire, but do
urge you to give the matter your immediate attention.

Looking forward to receiving your swift response.

Nkhosi Thambo.

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