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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: "Mr. David Wright" <>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2017 04:46:10 +0100
Subject: Greetings.

Greetings future partner.

My name is Mr. David Wright. I write to request your co-operation in my
desire to find a foreign partner who will assist me in the relocation and
investment of the sum of 15,500,000.00 GBP. I am the Operations Manager
with First National Bank PLC London (FNB). I am offering you 50:50 of
total sum after the transfer.The entire plan and documents of this
transaction will be forwarded to you as soon as I receive your positive
response. I also want to assure you that there is no risk attach to you in
this business.

Thanks as I await your positive response with your contact telephone number.

Mr. David Wright.

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