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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: jeanvincent <>
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:13:12 +0200
Subject: My Dear Friend Please Save My Inheritance,

My Dear Friend Please Save My Inheritance,

My Name is Jean Vincent,

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend
to establish in your country, though I have not met with you before
but I believe one has to risk confidence to succeed some times in
life. There is a huge amount of money totalling 18.3 Million U.S.
Dollars, which my late father kept for me in a bank before he was
assasinated by his political opponents.

Now I have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere
safe enough outside this country for security reason. I want you to
help me claim and retrieve this fund from the bank and transfer it
into your personal bank account for an investment purposes in these
areas below or,you can as well advice me on some profitable
investments in your country.

1). Telecommunication
2). Transport industry
3). Real estate/ Hotel business.

If you can be of an assistance to me, I will be pleased to offer to
you 15% of the total amount of the money, please get back to me
through my private email address( more
details on how we will proceed..iam waiting your soonest response.

Respectfully yours,
Jean Vincent.

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