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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: "Michael James" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:31:59 -0200
Subject: Hi Potential Partner

Hi potential partner

I am delighted to let you into this proposal of a life time opportunity, it encouraged me to divulge my proposal to you. But be rest guaranteed as it approach with most excellent of intentions. Hence I determined to intimate you personally and inconspicuously through this business proposal of mutual benefit after due consideration, I became aware and assured of your credibility of handling this trust and my future as it will be beneficial to both of us involved.

Friend, I contacted based on the situation, with the intention of your class, and deferential look in my search for a trustworthy person to assist me in achieving this aim. I anticipate you won't let me down at any rate, meaningful that this is the first time I am doing this kind of business as well doing it with a gentle one. As a matter of fact I would like us to join ourselves mutually, I wish for us to unity in this contract .Furthermore we are suppose to be transparent and sincere to each other.

Nevertheless I am Mr Michael James and I wish to seek your co-operation to transfer and re-invest US$20.550 Million in any stable investment, these funds came as a result of a depository made by a foreign investor for investment program that has remained dormant for years now, I discovered that the account holder pass away without making a will on the depository, I would like to transact this business and share the profit with you since the owner has pass away, My suggestion to you is to seek your consent to present you as the beneficiary of this fund thereafter successful transfer we can share the Mutually Agreed Amount was-upon percentage of 50% to me and 50% to you kind Self,I shall make more detail available to you if you have interest in this offer.

Michael James

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