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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: charles judge <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 07:23:50 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Business Consultant

Dear sir,

I am a business consultant in West African

One of my clients is interested in investing
in your country and he is interested in investing
with your company .

kindly forward all your companys profile to me
for immediate decision on how the investment funds
will be handed over to you.

Total amount to be invested=

$175,000,000,00.usd............Cash investment

Immediately I receives your details, I will inform
you the next step for the release of the investment

Anticipating your immediate reply.

Best regard

Mr Charles Judge

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