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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: "Charles Vandi." (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 5 May 2017 11:59:02 +0100
Subject: Dear Old-Time Partner.

Dear Partner,
Finally, I am glad that I am reaching you today with this great news twelve years after we last communicated. My two last emails to you were never replied before the closure of my old email account in 2012 which made it impossible for me to retrieve your email address. Please, forgive me for not considering the option of travelling down to your country to give you statues of our unfinished transaction at the time. Note that my silence since then wasn't wilful as I wanted to open a communication flow prior to my meeting you, but all efforts to retrieve your email address were to no avail.
It is with great pleasure to inform you that the partnership request which I made to you over a Claim of certain sum of money some years ago was later accomplished with the help of another partner. I never blamed you for any inaction whatsoever as I totally understood that your reservations at that time were as a result of the skepticism rounding unsolicited cyberspace businesses. However, I still appreciate the efforts your made at the preliminary stage of the transaction that did propel the release of the funds to me.
If you would remember how we mapped out plans to invest in your country once the fund has been warehoused in the custody of your bank. I am happy to share with you today that I've succeeded in growing a business conglomerate from my little beginning as a mainstream oil marketer; I am a joint owner of three Oil Blocks In Nigeria, Carbon and Angola, and I among the contemporary licensed Diamond dealers in Africa which is my core investment. I also run other subsidiary companies amongst Shipping Line, Textile Industry, Cocoa company/coffee exports from West Africa.
My conscience will not be at rest until I have expressed a heartfelt gratitude to you for encouraging the setting up of the success tripod that I am operating on till date. I hereby plead with you to contact my Senior Special Assistant whom I have instructed to nominate you in the Figure 1-Category of my corporate philanthropy programme where you will be receiving $1,000,000,00 funding annually for a period of Five (5) years to support your organization. You may email him right away and direct further enquiries to him as he is looking forward to hearing from you.
Contact Name: M.j. Turku Ali.
Thanks for your understanding.
Charles Vandi.

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