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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. Henrik Bjorn" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2016 13:15:06 -0800
Subject: Engaging your service as Manager


Dear Sir

I am a Consultant with the Department of Power & Steel. I represent a group that is interested in engaging your service as Manager of a large volume of fund be presciently Fifteen Million Dollars for investment purpose.

If this proposal is acceptable to you, please get back to me, so that we can work out remuneration for your participation in the transaction and let you know on how we hope to achieve this objective.

Please send your telephone to enable me call you soonest for more information on this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Henrik Bjorn

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