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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Peter Karl Durst - 65" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:40:42 +0700
Subject: Let’s finance your projects (6.4).

Sir, I am a retired banker, currently working as a consultant. By virtue of my past working experience, I have contacts to high net worth Individuals and Investment firms in need to place funds into different projects to generate profits. The funding would be provided as a soft loan at 3% Return on Investment (ROI) with minimal documentations required to complete the funding modalities. Also, 1% commission is paid to the Intermediary/Agent/Broker who introduce project owners for finance. anticipate your reply. Yours faithfully, Peter Karl Durst

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