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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 Thabo Mashea" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:40:25 -0700
Subject: Request for Partnership.

Business Partnership Request.

Pardon me if I invaded your privacy, My Name is Mr Thabo Mashea,South African origin.
Contract manager with Passenger Railway of South Africa. . However I understand the insecure
nature of soliciting for business on the internet, unfortunately I have no
other option than to search for credible foreign collaboration to partner
with me in the actualization of a viable and profitable business venture.

All arrangements will be made under a legitimate framework. Full details will
be disclosed to you on your expression of interest, I look forward to doing
good business with you.

Warmest Regards
Mr. T Mashea.

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