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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: "Henry Wood" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:29:10 -0700

Dear Sir/Ma

I am a financial consultant based in LONDON. I have a client (a widow) from King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Alsaud of Brunei she has USDM35,000,000 00.with a private equity investment trust company for safe keeping only. She wishes to invest in a stable economy.Her interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth in long term My client is interested in placing part of her fund in your company,if your country's bilaws allows foreign investment.You can contact me for more details via my e-mail address [] with your reference.

Yours faithfully,
Mr Henry Wood.

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