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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: info<>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:31:27 +0530
Subject: investment.

My name is Barrister Eddie Rugo an Attorney at Law/solicitor, operating her=
e in Nairobi, Kenya and a neighboring country to the newly created Republic=
of South Sudan. I have my professional services retained by Dr. Riek Macha=
r Teny Dhurgon, a Southern Sudanese prominent politician. My client,Dr. Rie=
k Machar Teny Dhurgon, former vice president, Republic of South Sudan has s=
urplus funds to invest with a genuine and potential investment manager in a=
ny viable project overseas. The investment amount is three hundred and twen=
ty million United States Dollars (US$320M) currently deposited in a Financi=
al Institution. contact me via For more informatio=
n, contact me urgently on this secured email to enable me furnish you with =
the details and amount that is involved. It is important to inform you that=
immediately I receive your email with interest in this project, we have to=
schedule a meeting to discuss the details and procedure face to face, if y=
ou deem it necessary. I look forward to your response with complete name an=
d reachable telephone number to enable me provide you with comprehensive pr=
ocedure of this partnership as well as the legality. contact me via Email:e= Yours faithfully, Barrister Eddie Rugo.=20

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