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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: Mr. Sydney Rael <>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 07:25:50 +0900 (KST)

Dear Sir,

I am Sydney Rael, a financial consultant; I have a client who wants to invest huge Million USD into any profitable business in your country.

I want to know if your country’s law will allow foreign investors to come and invest in your country. He also wants you to be his fund manager, by investing the fund into any profitable business in your country as you may advice him or the fund can also be given to you as a loan with a low interest rate.

The loan is available for small, medium and large scale industrial purposes. The loan facility will be available to you as long as you have the right collateral.

Please your urgent reply will be appreciated to enable me give you more details about the investment.

Awaiting your urgent response.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Sydney Rael


Economic Financial Services LLP

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