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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: "SWISS CONSULTANT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:48:17 -0700
Subject: Mutual Offer

Ms. P. Way
Top Investment Consultant
Based In Switzerland
Reference : 837736
Good Morning.
It is a great pleasure to be in contact with you.
I am a financial consultant based in Europe
My client has funds for investment and seeks your partnership for 10-20years period.
Get back to me if you are interested for modalities to be advised  and i can be reached through my number +41435084753  for a chat.
We look forward to your co-operation in this regard.
Yours Faithfully,
Ms. P.Way
Business Consultant

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