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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 Charles B Munach <>
Reply-To: Mr Charles B Munach <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:11:21 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: support proposition Idea for you

 Attn: Sir/Madam,

I am a banker, I have a business support proposition Idea for you.

 I am seeking for an investment partner with good business idea to invest in, but lacks the needed capital for such. If you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any business sector in your country, and in need of capital Please write me for possible business co-operation.

 I wish to know if you are in need of personal or business credit facility to support or finance your projects.

In fact if you need a fast loan of any type please contact me for further discussion and negotiation on this.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.

Best Regards.
Yours faithfully,

Mr Charles Blaise Munach.

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