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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: "J.P Morgan Asset Management" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:02:38 -0500
Subject: Investment Opportunity

J.P. Morgan Asset Management UK
20 Finsbury Street Islington, Greater
London EC2Y 9, United Kingdom
Tel: +44-703-594-5729
Tel: +44-704-205-2482
Fax: +44-871-263-8336

Good day,

I am Jasper Berens the head of UK sales with J.P. Morgan Asset Management UK; a business developer, stock broking and portfolio Management Company based in the United Kingdom. I went through your profile and I will like to develop a business partnership with you, one of the clients in my portfolio will be interested to investing Sixty Million British Pounds under your care.

The reason why we have contacted you is because the investor/my client is specially interested to invest in your country and we were directed to contact you, I will like to keep the detail short for now. If you are interested, kindly get back to me through my email address listed below, Do not forget to include your direct cell phone number and the best time to call you in your reply, I will ring you to discuss the modality and other details once i get a reply from you.

I am looking forward to your response and working with you on this Investment project.

Yours Faithfully
Jasper Berens
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