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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: "Brown Hilton" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:49:36 +0200

Brown Hilton

Request for Confidential Business Relationship

I know that this proposal will come to you as a surprise since we do not know each other in person. For the purpose of introduction, I was a silent business partner to The Former SA Cabinet Minister late Mr. Collins Chabane in South Africa. After due deliberation, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing as benefactor to the sum of US$20.5 Million equivalent since I and my colleague are currently in need of a silent partner whose identity can be use to transfer the said sum. This fund accrued to us as commission from foreign contracts executed with Department of Mining & Energy through our private connections.

The fund is presently waiting to be remitted to any beneficiary confirmed by me as associate/receiver.

My proposal is that after you receive the funds, it would be shared as follows: (1) 30% to you for your co-operation and assistance in facilitating the transfer, 65% for us while 5% will be set out for any outcome expenses we might incur during the cause of the transaction.

I plead with you on one issue, whether you are interested or not, kindly do not expose this information.

I am waiting for your kind response

Yours faithfully,

Brown Hilton
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