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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: "Mr.ANDREW PHIL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2010 13:27:58 -0700
Subject: BUSINESS INVESTMENT.................

Hello Friend,

How are you doing today? I hope you are fine and OK. I saw your profile while searching for good businessmen on the internet and i felt i should relate this very good opportunity to you. My name is Mr.ANDREW PHIL, I am an investment agent to a private investor from Saudi Arabia, my client wants a partner who has very good business ideas and who can successfully invest in businesses that will yield a very high return on investment.

The investment can be done in your country or any other part of the world so long as positive result will be achieved in the end. My client is ready to release over US$125,000,000 to you if you can convince him you have good business ideas capable of generating good returns.

If you can be able to do it, email me back as soon as possible so we can discuss in details and if possible while replying, send me a business proposal showing how you can invest the funds successfully.



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