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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: "elvis west" <>
Date: 7 Nov 2006 22:09:09 -0000
Subject: Assistance to invest in your country

Dear Sir/MadamINVESTMENT PROPOSAL I got your contact on my private search on the Internet I shall require your assistance to invest in your country. I want to be part of your company. I have some money to invest in your company so that your products can be shipped to Nigeria at the end of production&nbsp; Because the marketing here will be very easy&nbsp; or we invest in Real&nbsp; Estate&nbsp; Professional in your country on your response i will introduce my self fully to you ,the&nbsp;&nbsp; source of fund it is an over invoice of contract awarded to foreign contractor for Nigerian oil Refineries. the money i want to invest in your company is a huge some of money USD$2.5 million , which i will be a share holder to the company. I need help of an honest person who will work with me as my foreign associate, i want to invest most of the money abroad to avoid losing the money, because it is not wise doing business in the atmosphere of fear here in Nigeria,that\'s why i am calling on you. If you can honestly co
llaborate with me to actualize this project am waiting for your response Thanks RegardELVIS WEST EMAIL

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