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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: "Frank Anthony" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 18:22:02 +0100
Subject: Read!!!


I write you in good faith, hoping that you will treat this letter as a desperate search for assistance in a matter that shall benefit both of us. A random search for a reliable, and honest person to transact this business and based on your locality from the consultancy directory produced your email address.

I am Frank Anthony, Investment Consultants. My client, is interested in investing USD$58M.(Fifty Eight Million Dollars) in your Name/company. please response and give us your full contact details/company profile, and in response we will send you an elaborate proposal and details of this offer.

Your expedient response will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Frank Anthony
Managing Director.
Glamour Investment Group.

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