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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: "Keith Olson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 04:25:25 -0800
Subject: Investment Opportunity

We are an Investment Consultation Firm and are situated in the United Kingdom;we specialize in searching for
potential investments for our high net-worth clients worldwide.Our visualization is based upon securing and safe
guarding our clients interests in order to achieve the maximum return on their investments.

We have recently received a request from one of our clients based in the United Kingdom.They are currently looking
for a profitable project to invest funds into that will generate a substantial profit.Should this be of interest to you,please
do not hesitate to e-mail your Business plan to process funding to my private email address below

I take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read the contents of this email.

Kind Regards,

Keith Olson


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