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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: Raymond Gills <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:06:49 +0100 (BST)
Subject: i wish to invest my fund with you in your Country,

i wish to invest my fund with you in your company
Country:  Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Message: Dear Sir,

I wish to invest my fund in your country. I am currently seeking means of expanding and relocating my business due to the war going
on in some cities in Cote D\'Ivoire. So i decided to move my investment to your country for security purpose.
My interest in the following sectors anking, real estate, stock speculation and mining,
transportation,health sector and tobacco thus or any sector.
 If you think you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any of the
mentioned business sectors or any other business in your country;
Please write me for possible business co-operation. More so,
I am ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable
of generating 20% annual return on investment(AROI).
JV partnership and loan financing can also be considered.
I have the sum of 6,630,000 Euros which i want to invest with you in your country.
For easy conversation you can contact me on
+225 65264737 or you send me an email on:
Thanks for your understanding, i will be looking forward for your co-operation.

Best Regards,
Mr.Raymond Gills.

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