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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: kambora Poul <>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:41:24 +0000
Subject: Quest for Business

Compliment of the season to you, i am Mr kambora Poul,Director
Certified External Auditor and Investment Consultant. I work with one
of the leading Banks here in Switzerland ( UBS Bank Zurich). I want to
solicit your partnership to transfer the sum of {Twenty Two Million
Four Hundred Thousand GBP only} deposited in a Corresponding Asia
Pacific Bank In Philippine to any of an offshore
account with your assistance acting as Beneficiary which will be a
benefit to both of us and I shall be compensating you with 40% at the
final conclusion. I shall
send you more information and procedures when I receive a positive
response from you. reach me on my private e mail
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mr kambora Poul,

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