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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: "Ramos David" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:04:42 -0700
Subject: Can We Do Business Together?

Dear Friend,

Can We Do Business Together?

My name is David Ramos, I’m a US Army Officer currently on deployment in Baghdad Iraq. I need your assistant only if you can be trusted in investing $17,000,000.00 USD (Seventeen Million Dollars). Please if you don't believe in this kindly delete this message,if you are interested and has any question towards this, kindly email me back so that we can be able to discuss every step towards achieving success on this and also discuss our sharing ratio at the end of this business. Contact me on my private email below: <>

David Ramos.

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