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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 02:40:20 +0300
Subject: Business Proposal

Hello Dear,

I am Dr.Oliver Adler, Managing partner of CREDIT SUISSE Bank’s FSC (Financial Solutions Centre). I saw your contact during

my private search at the information Centre and I have a deep believe that you will be very honest, committed and capable

of assisting me in this business venture.

It is based on this that I am contacting you to stand as the beneficiary to a late client of the bank so that the total

sum of 18,500.000.000, pounds, will be released and paid to you as the beneficiary to the deceased.

At the end of this transaction you shall have 45% of the total inheritance and i shall take 55%

I will provide you with all the necessary information, documents and proof to legally back up the claim from the different

offices concerned for the smooth transfer of the fund to any of your accounts as the true beneficiary. If this proposal

satisfies you, please get back to me with the following information: FULL NAMES, TELEPHONE/FAX, MOBILE NUMBERS, ADDRESS,


I anticipate your urgent response to enable us proceed further.

Yours Faithfully,
Dr.Oliver Adler

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