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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: "Saphe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:54:40 +0700
Subject: Re:Urgent Proposal

Dear Sir/Madam,

Do not despair at my sudden contact,there is a business proposal that i want to initiate with you, and i demand that you can handle this proposal with a serious mind, as it requires utmost urgency and attention.

I am Mr.saphe Roht, working in account department in one of the Prime Financial Firm in Asia, and as a matter of fact i will like to draw your attention to this beneficial matter.

In other words, I am Contacting you in a benevolent spirit; utmost confidence and trust for unclaimed fund in our Financial firm,having waited for too long without the deceased relatives/next of kin surfacing and if nothing is done,invariably,the funds will end up in the Government purse.

Therefore, it is as a result of this that am propelled to contact you to present you as the next of kin to claim the fund and transfer to your account before the period given by the Firm elapse.

I will like us to complete the project and transfer the fund to your account,no risk. If you are interested,write back to me quickly and I will send to you all the information you may need to proceed and more so I am assuring you of a 100% risk free involvement and the fund will be shared 50% for you and 50% for me once the fund is remitted to your account.

Please contact me for more details if interested.

Expecting your early reply.
Best regards,
Mr.saphe Roht


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