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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: "Royal London Asset Management" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 22:37:55 -0300
Subject: Royal Management

Good day,

I am Andy Carter, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer at the Royal London Asset Management UK; a business developer, stock broking and portfolio Management Company based in London,United Kingdom.

I am sending this message to inform you that our company would like to develop a business partnership with you. Royal London Group is willing to invest Twenty Million British Pounds under your control.

If you are capable of handling the amount mentioned and invest it properly to generate good profitable return then kindly get back to me through my email address or call me on my direct mobile number listed below to discuss the details of this proposed business partnership.

I am looking forward to your response.

Yours Faithfully
Andy Carter
Royal London Asset Management
55 Gracechurch Street
London EC3V 0UF, United Kingdom
Tel: +44-702-402-3339
Fax: +44-871-263-8336

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