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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. Jang CEO" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:15:58 +0100
Subject: Investment partnership

Dear Sir,Having gotten your contact ,I am interested in investing US$ 22.5 million in your country in any viable and profitable venture that you will recommend.Please be assured that the funds  are from a genuine source and I am willing to present you all the necessary documents to authenticate my claims.Please contact me  through my private email address  for details immediately you access this mail.Regards.Dr. Jang CEO‭‮

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