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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: Johnson Matthew <>
Reply-To: Johnson Matthew <>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 23:14:06 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Buisness Proposal,

I Believe we can execute this project/transaction for
our mutual benefit. I am fund Manager of Fidelity
Investment.I have $25,000,000:00, The success of this
project will depend largely on our trust and confidence
in each other.

I also want you to know that Honesty and Transparency
will remain our watch word.

I am waiting for your urgent reply.


Mr.Johnson Matthew
Fund Manager
Fidelity Investment
7th Floor IPS Building
P.O.Box 34886
Nairobi Kenya
Cell: +254731796560

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