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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: "Marion Johnson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:09:44 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend
How are you doing ? I contacted you because of your last Name due to my search, Please Read The Following Information Carefully, I am an officer in the Bank in Foreign Remittance Department, where I manage private client’s accounts as a Director for Credit & Marketing. I handle most of our Investor's Direct Capital Funds and secretly extract 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the Investor's Capital Funds.
As an expert, I have made US$21.6 million over time from Investor's EMRCP and hereby looking for someone to trust who would be willing to stand as an Investor to receive the funds as Tenure Investment Proceeds in his or her account. Brief history of funds: I have more than 98 Corporate Investors attached to my portfolio whose Capital Investment Funds are being managed and administered by me. This Capital Investment Funds is been used for trading in Stock Market,
Sales and Purchases of Bonds with Profit Returns. Every end of year, each corporate investor is expected to receive interest from his total Investment Capital Funds. However, I make an excess of 1.2% from the Investor's Investment Capital Funds annually which have exceeded our targeted 20% of Total Investment Capital Funds. This extra of 1.2% from the 21.2% is been retained by me as my personal profits for managing the Capital Investment.
However, I cannot claim these funds without presenting someone to stand as an Investor to claim these funds otherwise our establishment will convert the funds into the bank's treasury at the end of second quarter and this is where you come in. This is a fair deal without any risk attached either on your part or on my part. Since I have exclusive access to every file and with my proximity, I can put you in as an Investor to my Bank and attached the profit fund to your portfolio in order to speedily facilitate the remittance of the funds out of my Bank. I already have a master plan to see this project through without hitches.
Meanwhile, at the successful completion of this project, I am willing to give you 40% of the total funds for your assistance and you will keep the 60% for me safely in your account until my arrival at your place.
However, I would want to know if it will be possible for you to first come to London and have a meeting with me so that we can know ourselves very well and to also clear any doubts that you might be having at the moment? This will help us to know each other and to discuss and deliberate further on how to make the whole money available to you without hitches.
Please if you are interested to partner with me in this project, I demand you to get back to me so I can provide you with further details and the best way to complete the project.
On the other hand, if this proposal is of no appeal to you, kindly delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. You owe me no obligation for refusing my proposal as this is of mutual benefit.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mr.Marion Johnson

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