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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: "BENJAMIN THULANI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:00:16 +0530

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Mr.Benjamin U.Thulani,a South Africa national presently in London UK. I came across your email contact during research on Indian business directory,hence i decided to let you know about my interest for a reliable Indian business associate whom i can invest my money under his/her supervision on various forms of profitable business sectors. I will make available 6.million United States Dollars for the investment.
If you are interested to associate with me,it is obvious that you recommend a profitable investment sector where we will venture into so that we can proceed with out hesitation in discussing the very important aspect of forming the company towards our overall mutual interest & benefits. I am looking forward for your early positive response if you can assure of your ability to direct me on how to make the establishment a success under your management as a good citizen of India.
Yours truly,
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