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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: Stephen Karangizi <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:25:39 +0100
Subject: Business proposal

Dear sir,

I am writing to you on behalf of Chinese Former Chief Security Officer Zhou Yongkang. My name is Stephen Karangizi, Director, African Legal Support Facility, and I am a top management Executive here at the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ADB. Our bank website is

Do you have any investment idea? we are looking for someone to partner with if you can be trusted with big volume funds for investment. if you have any lucrative business that needs funding, my client is ready to partner with you.

My friend Mr. Stephen Karangiz has presented a subtle offer which will need the help of a partner like you to complete successfully. Mr. Zhou Yongkang is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate certain sums of money out of AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ADB. More so, this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Mr. Zhou Yongkang. The sum is currently deposited in the name of an existing legal entity. Your role will be to:

[1]. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
[2]. Receive the funds into a business/private bank account.
[3]. Invest/Manage the funds outside of African.
[4]. Value of funds: $100 Million US Dollars.

Everything will be done legally to ensure the rights to the funds are transferred to you. I want to know if you have the ability, workforce and strength to help my client invest in the following sector real estate, hotel management/tourism, stock
management and commercial agriculture in your country and get rewarded financially without affecting your convenience.If you agree to partner with Mr. Zhou Yongkang, he will compensate you with 30% of the total sum. Should you prefer I re-contact you with more express facts, you can send me your:

[1] Full Names:
[2] Personal profile:
[3] Daytime Telephone No:



Stephen Karangizi,
Director, African Legal Support Facility
African Development Bank
Avenue du Dollar, Les Berges Du Lac II, Tunis 1053, Tunisia

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