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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: "Kayank David" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 11:24:15 -0500
Subject: RE:GET BACK TO Me

Good afternoon,

I have been a private consultant for very eminent personnel in the Asian and Middle East region. One of these personnel have appointed me to source on their behalf a person with whom they can jointly entrust a reasonable amount of money, which will be channeled into a highly lucrative business venture. He has $28 million USD(Twenty Eight million us Doller). My client requests strict confidentiality due to his public nature, preferring to be anonaymous hence I have been given the mandate to source for someone of high business experience with very good reputation. Believing in my instincts, I thought deeply that you could possibly be the right person.

This is the proposal in summary:

1. A client, top government official wants the funds to be invested through a well-established businessman/woman abroad who can front for him without disclosing his true identity.
2. All that is required is your willingness to invest this money for him in a highly lucrative business venture under strict profitable monitoring.
3. A power of attorney will be given to you to manage these funds on his behalf.
4. You will be awarded as compensation a certain percentage from the proceeds of the investment, which is still negotiable.
5. You will in the major course of the process be dealing with my client directly.
If you are interested and you have the capacity to handle such huge amount of money kindly indicate by replying immediately. We may proceed by reaching a valid agreement that will be binding to all parties to this.
Finally the funds is in a security vault

David Kayank.

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