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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: "Muna Hafit" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:15:30 -0000
Subject: response needed


I write to you based on a profitable business proposal that you might be interested in, we are looking to invest funds in your country, available funds: $75 Million & $200 Million, total $275.
My name is Dr. Muna Haifa Alkaylani, Executive director and also Hong Kong Citizen, currently working with a reputable financial service organization, Tai Po Investment Group in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
My company represents the interests of very wealthy investors seeking good investment environments and stable economies where they can get good yield for their money.

Our terms:
1). 10% commission paid to me and my foreign partner of the total funds successfully evacuated. The funds in question are $75 Million & $200 Million total $275 Million. If successfully invested, extra $2.5 Billion will be also be available for future investment.
2) The funds will be used by the foreign partner for Ten to Twenty years as a loan without any interest. That is, you do not pay any interest on the money but you give the client 50% of all NET profits.
If these terms are agreeable to you, kindly let me know and I will provide you with all necessary information and procedures involved. Please provide me with your phone number and email, I will explain to you in full details or you can email me:
Dr. Muna Haifa Alkaylani
Executive Director - Tai Po Investment Group

London Office Line +44 704 204 9476
Hong Kong Line: +(852) 2598 98967

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