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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Jacob White" <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Jacob White" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:20:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings,


I am Mr. Jacob White, a citizen of Georgia. I base in United Kingdom-UK. I am a financial adviser to an investor who will like to invest in your country.

We are currently seeking means of expanding and relocating business interest in the following sectors: Real-Estates, Agriculture Forestry & Fishery, Oil/Gas sectors, Hotels, Transportation's, communication services, stock speculation and mining, Trading, Construction or in any other lucrative investment favorable to the current situation in your country's economy.

If you have a good project plan that requires funding or looking forward to expansion of an existing business, then get back to me with your ideas for consideration.

My client is willing to invest $400 Million into genuine investment proposal you can present with business plan in place. These funds will be given at a 0% interest as a structured loan, rather it will be given as a tenured operational fund, and the investor is only interested on any agreed percentage of profit declared, either quarterly or yearly. A minimum of ROI of 8% is expected. Please respond only if you believe you/your organization can be assessed for qualification and consideration to participate in this venture.

I will be looking forward to possible business collaboration.

Mr. Jacob White

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