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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: Jattke
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:56:40 +0530
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

Thanks for your mail. I apologize if my message do not suit your current st=
atus, my name is Mr. Jattke Werner, I am a Citizen of Germany, happily =

married with kid. =

I contact you because I have interest of investing in your country in Real =
Estate business (ie: Hotels, Lands and Tourism) as well as seek your =

services in a private and confidential matter because of the rapid growth =
in your country economy. I am a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Auditor =

here in our bank. On my routine inspection I discovered a dormant Domicili=
ary account with a balance of $5,000,000.00 USD {Five Million United State =
Dollar}. =

I write to seek your indulgence and assistance in Transferring this fund to=
your country through legal Means as repatriation of the Fund for =

Investment. =

I am proposing to make this transfer to a designated bank account of your c=
hoice in your country for investment. At the Conclusion of this =

transaction, I promise to give 30% of the total amount, 70% will be for me=
and my colleagues who will help make this business a success. =

E-mail: =

Let me know if you can handle it. =


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