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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:

Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:56:31 -0300
Subject: Partnership Invite

Hello, My name is Joseph Lam a portfolio manager with the Bank of China her=
e in Hong Kong. I write you regarding a $12m investment that was made by a =
DECEASED CLIENT with us in 2004 and has been under my management. I have in=
formation that makes it possible for you to stand as beneficiary of this la=
rge investment. For full details, contact me immediately at the email: jose=

Este email foi escaneado pelo Avast antiv=EDrus.

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