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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: "frank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:38:31 +0200

We are intermediary consultants.We represent investors who confide in us in all areas.
There is an outstanding LARGE QUANTITY OF FUNDS SECRETLY DEPOSITED WITH A FINANCE LEGAL INSTITUTION by our investor ready to be lend out to a borrower for investment strictly in a purely legitimate project.
As you indicate interest to work with us, we will give you further details relative to funds value/position and what you have to do while we complete our due dilligence on the borrower.
Do get back to us timely in order to progress towards a successful business relationship through this email address( for more details.
Conrad Obed

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