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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. Joseph" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Joseph" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:06:16 +0800 (MYT)
Subject: investing in your country


This is a business offer that will earn you $6.6 million guaranteed in the shortest term.
My boss is looking for a sincere individual that is truly willing to join and participate in a realistic short-term business partnership project.
Basically, you will be required to act as her oversea Financial Business Partner to an investment fund of US$33 million coming from China.

Your compensation price of US$6.6M is guaranteed by a bank at the end of the project.
For your benefit of doubt, VISIT THE WEBSITES BELOW:

If you wish to partner with us, get back to me for further enquiries, terms and conditions.
Otherwise, please delete this message if you are not interested.

My Kind Regards,
Mr. Joseph
Direct: +44 (743) 075 0245

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