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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: "BERNARD LEONARD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:20:22 -0700


Your contact was obtained amongst a selected category of business people through whom an investment can be made and a management partnership formed. I
represent a client and who has interest to do business relative to long term investments in your country . The areas of interest is PRODUCTIONS OF SOLAR
ENERGY, health,real estate, shares, agriculture and construction.The fund is expected to reach you when a we have reach a good understanding and it is as
soon as possible.

You will be required to;

1.Receive the funds either in cash or By Transfer into an advised business/private bank account.

2.Invest and Manage the funds in the specified areas of investment.The total sum available for investment is US$25,500,000. 00 (Twenty-Five million, five hundred thousand United States Dollars).

We are willing to pay a 10% "management commission" for your advised services and partnership. He also desires absolute confidentiality and professionalism
in the handling of this funds and subsequent investments
For further information, send me your

1. Your Full Names:
2. Your telephone numbers and fax numbers:
3. Your age:
4. Occupation:
5. Your Current address:
6. Marital status:
7. Nationality:
8. Country reside if other than your nationality:

I will be grateful to acknowledge your swift reply to this investment proposal of mutual benefit. I await your positive response to this mail and
your call

Sincerely Yours.
Bernard Leonard.
WL Consultancy
Suite 14 Millers

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