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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. douglas" <>
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:47:33 -0500


We are Financial Services Group that specializes in the management and restructuring of third world and emerging countries multi currency debt as their financial advisers, debt management consultants and external international auditors. Some of our clients are resource rich African countries and two other Middle East Oil producing countries.
Recently, the Government of Angola, an oil rich African country with crude oil production output of over One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Barrels (1,800,000) per day, engaged the services of our company (of which I was in charge) to audit the books of the National Petroleum Company, SONAGOL, we discovered several diversion of funds and inflation of contracts payments resulting from the sale of crude oil to front special purpose vehicles (shell companies) to the sum of Eight Billion U.S. Dollars (US$8,000,000,000.00) over the last three and half years.
At the conclusion of our findings, we were able to recover on behalf of the Government of Angola the sum of Three Billion Two Hundred Million U.S. Dollars (US$3,200,000,000.00). We were advised to pay all legitimate claims due to befitting companies who have executed contracts with specified Angolan Corporations subject to requisite approvals and clearance from a nominated due diligence advisor in London or Switzerland. Also, we are to invest 10% of the recovered sum in any business we consider viable in the short-medium term.

We have set aside from the recovered amount the sum of US$65,000,000.00 which we intend to transfer to your company by including the name of your company as one of the beneficiaries to be paid.

In view of the above, we propose the followings to you:
To transfer the sum of US$65,000,000.00 to your company to hold on trust for me and my colleagues subject to approvals.
On the terms and condition that you would keep as your share of the fund US$13,000,000 of the sum representing 20% of US$65,000,000.00 for assisting us.
The balance of US$52,000,000.00 would be held in trust by you for us, and subject to our direction.

However, in order to take the transaction further you would require to send the complete details of your company name, address, your private email address, cell phone and bank details. May I assure you, that there is no risk involved in this transaction provided you fulfill any obligation that may be required of you, and keep to the sharing formula indicated. On receipt of the relevant document you shall be informed of every step made and every milestone attained.

Lastly, we look forward to your earnest reply in order

Yours Sincerely,

Douglas Achivera

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