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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: Robert Bingham <>
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:20:52 -0400

Greetings to you,

My name is Mr. Robert C. Bingham and I am an honest independent
broker. I am connecting with you/your organization due to the fact
that I have an investment business project that I will want to discuss
with you. I have this Investor that has available $ 850,000,000.00
(Eight Hundred And Fifty Million United States Dollars) which he wish
to invest into profitable business sectors.

If you have any viable project with the idea of making good returns
kindly write me for possible business co-operation as we are ready to
facilitate and fund any viable business opportunity that is capable of
making good money for growth and development. I thank you for reading
my email and I hope you will give me the opportunity to explain better
and make you see reasons why you should partner with us. I anticipate
your cooperation.

Feel free to chat with me on whatsapp with my number +15107615097

Reply me back via my private E-mail account:

Yours sincerely,
Robert C. Bingham
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