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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: "George Adams" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:54:27 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Investment Proposal


Dear Sir,

I wish to contact you as a foreign partner who will assist me and my
client, Actually am working with a UK consulting firm as an operation and
marketing representative for the company for almost five years now and am
on commission agreement with this company which is not suitable for my
living as far as global recess is concern, I have given my company many
customers across the globe.
There an opportunity came to me as regards my job, I have a client who is a
retired bank director from the central bank in Benin Republic he is an old
man of 90 years He is ready to release some fund ($15Millon)for me with the
condition that I can manage this fund for an investment But I have decided
to put you as my boss in my company that we can manage this fund for him he
trust me. He has sign agreement for me that this fund will be in our
possession for 10 years investing the fund in any sector of economy and we
have our own percentage too.
I want to do this without the knowledge of my company, and I have also
submitted a letter of resignation to my company, Because if I bring this
opportunity to them again they will not compensate me, what I need from you
is that I will use your name as my boss so that this man can release this
fund to both of us, He only want to see your name as a foreigner. This does
not require any Experience from you I will do everything in the transfer of
the fund and all documentation with the assistance of the lawyer so that
everything will be legal.

SEND MONEY TO ME. I am only to clarify this for you to understand the
genuity of this partnership, and nothing will be done until the both of us
meet PHYSICALLY I will details you the meeting place and position of this
fund, Once I receive reply from you I will fly from united kingdom to meet
the Old man so that we can talk to you on phone please send your phone

Mr. George Adams

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