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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: "James Ozeto" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:26:08 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Investment proposal


However, It's Just my urgent need For foreign partner that made me to
contact you for this transaction. I am a Civil Lawyer. I
have a client that urgently wishes to invest her finance worth
Millions of United States Dollars in your Country on properties

This requires a private arrangement though the details of this
transaction will be furnished to you only if you indicate your
interest in this proposal.

We have all the legal documentation to back up the transaction,
besides we have worked out the modalities to ensure a smooth and risk
free transfer. We are willing to offer you 15% of the total fund and
additional 10% on return on investment (ROI), the fund in question is
quite large.

All correspondences will be via email for now. And, we have only two
weeks to finalize all proceedings.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours Faithfully,
James Ozeto

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