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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: "Manuel Angelo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:41:49 -0400
Subject: Capital for investment


In my search for a business partner I got your contact from google search. My client is willing to invest $10 Million to $50 million but my
client said he needs a trusted partner who he can have a meeting with at the point of releasing his funds.
I told my client that you have a good profile with your company which I got details of in my search on google lookup. Can we trust you?

Can we make a plan for a long term business relationship?
Please reply.

For and on Behalf of the Investor 395,
Shosse Kosmonavtov Perm, Russia

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