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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: "Brad Keyman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:44:56 +0100
Subject: From: Brad Keyman in Switzerland, Please Reply Information

Hello Please!
Dear Friend,
I am Brad Keyman, Manager in charge of Sovereign Wealth Funds in Citibank Switzerland; I propose to arrange a grant of at least US$10.5 million to you for business investment.
This grant attracts absolutely no interest, and will stay on Citibank Switzerland Books for 36 months, after which it will be written off! This is possible because Sovereign Wealth Funds in my charge usually remain dormant (inactive) for years because some leaders of Switzerland who made the initial deposits intended to steal the funds after leaving office. But, they are either kicked out or killed in Office, and the Sovereign Wealth Funds accounts then go into dormant mode.
I can therefore arrange to give you at least US$10.5 million grant WITHOUT conditions, except that you must set aside 50% of US$10.5 million for me, as soon as you receive the grant of US$10.5 million.
If you are interested, then respond ONLY via my private email. Please clearly indicate the following.
Your full names/Company :
Your Mobile phone number:
Your complete address:
A Scan Copy of your Identity:..
Thanking You my dear friend.
Mr. Brad Keyman

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