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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: "Mr. Samuel Tam West" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 21:34:14 +0100

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your time, I am a Financial Advisor at Mauss Financial
Advisors, We link up entrepreneurs / fund seekers with Investors who
are ready to invest in good business projects and ideas that will
yield a high Role Over Interest (ROI).

I have group of investors that are willing to invest in profitable ventures.

Please get back to me for further discussion.

Best Regards,

Mr. Samuel Tam West
Financial Consultants & Advisors
Mauss Financial Advisors

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